Barbara Manning/San Francisco Seals: Nowhere (1994)
Nowhere (or Now Here) is a great little package, albeit brief (strip out the long instrumental drone track and it's basically an EP). It opens with perhaps Manning's most compelling straightforward rock tune, the poppy, noisy "Back Again," an infectious burst of feel-good energy. "8's" is another catchy track, with a great bass groove and plenty of guitar jangle; while closing "Missing" sounds like a long-lost garage band b-side from the late 60s. There are also a number of great covers -- a terrific, faithful cover of Badfinger's "Baby Blue," the garagey-sounding "Don't Underestimate Me" (I forget who did the original), and the truly lovely "Winter Song," a cover of a song from an obscure New Zealand band (one of many Manning explorations into the New Zealand indie underground).
Manning has a pretty astonishing and sadly underappreciated body of work; highlights include her solo album One Perfect Green Blanket (streaming as part of the Super Scissors box set, combined with an earlier album), a blend of rousing rockers and quiet ballads; and her In New Zealand EP (pairing her with various New Zealand indie rockers). But Nowhere is a great and slightly more upbeat introduction.
Here's an audio rip of "Back Again":