While I am trying to avoid things which are completely obvious and well-known, I often come across people who are inexplicably unaware of Steve Albini and Shellac. Albini is of course the man behind Electrical Audio, one of Chicago's premier recording facilities. He's also the guy behind so many great albums it's impossible to list them all here. Anyway, if you like noisy, inventive music with a dark sense of humor, check out
Watch Song. And here's a live in the studio rendition of The End of Radio.
You can order all sorts of Shellac stuff here: Shellac on Amazon.com