One of the very best bands most people have never heard of is The Mommyheads. Originally from Brooklyn, they've been around since 1989, with a ten year hiatus from 1997 through 2007. They combine intelligent pop, rock, quirkiness, melodic flights of fancy, and superb musicianship into something really special. Some lazy journalists and music fans compare them to XTC or The Band or The Beatles, but to me they are their own unique presence.
I've been lucky enough to be friends with them since 1990, and on March 18th, 2011 they released their first album of all brand new material in 15 years, called "Delicate Friction". It was my pleasure to volunteer my video editing services to help them promote their resurgence into the public eye. Since late in 2010 I've completed six videos for them, which are found below. My friend Doug Miller co-directed the first one. If you like what you see and hear, please check them out and consider buying their entire catalog of seven albums. There's even a career retrospective that was released last year called "Finest Specimens."
The first four (which are from their "Delicate Friction") are available in HD if you click through to youtube to view them, which I highly recommend.
Here's the link to their entire youtube channel, which also contains many live videos from their triumphant tour of Sweden in 2010. They are a fantastic live band, as well as being really nice guys too.