Off the beaten track music you love

I'm looking for music that is varied, interesting and well recorded but a little on the obscure side. Kamikaze Ground Crew's The Scenic Route is my favorite example. No one I've played it for in over 20 years, including in shops around the country has heard of it, or them for that matter. Maybe that's a reflection of the company I keep and places I end up in. My taste is all over the map, heavy on female voice, blues-love that guitar, Danny Gatton's 88 Elmira St. is another, although the Elektra recording is only fair, classical, jazz-bebop in particular, tex-mex, sucker for a good pop tune with a hook. The Scenic Route remains in middle rotation. Yours?
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Not really that obscure, but I'm a real fan of the Tin Hat Trio. A difficult-to-define sound that's at times reminiscent of 3 Mustaphas 3, Rain Dogs era Tom Waits, John Zorn's Masada, Beirut and/or Madredeus.
I enjoy a group called Era. My favorite is their eponymous album (Era). It is a unique sound that is oddly captivating.

Definitely off the beaten path.

Sipho Mabuse "Chant of the Marching" South African sax player who combines African tribal dance rythym with Western instrumentation. Fun to dance to. Johnny Clegg and Jaluka is another guilty pleasure in the same vein. i also am a huge Danny Gatton fan.
Jazz -Phronesis
Hooks - Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds
Not sure how far off the beaten path are these, but seem to me to be far enough to list:

Material - Hallucination Engine
Adrian Belew - Side Three
Nine Horses - Snow Borne Sorrow
Anouar Brahem - Le Pas Du Chat Noir
Sheila Chandra - My Ancestor's Voices
Mano Negra - Puta's Fever
Jolie Holland - Catalpa
Jodie Grind - One Man's Trash
Preacher Boy - Gutters and Pews
Thanks everyone. I'll put each of them on my wish list and start hunting.
I always liked Pearls Before Swine. Their best IMO was Balaklava.