Barbara Manning- cuts like a knife
Once upon a time (aka the 90's), Barbara Manning was poised to be the toast of the indie rock world, having made not just the right connections but also gotten there with beautifully memorable songs. I interviewed her 10 years ago for PSF and found her to be a very sweet person too.
Nowadays, she's experiencing mid-life crises, having mostly given up on releases or shows, instead pursuing a degree in science: a fine SF Gate article details her history.
Luckily, her old friend Pat Thomas didn't forget about her. Not only did he help release some of her early records back in the day but now he's re-assembled that fine work into a box set called Super Scissors, which includes Lately I Keep Scissors and One Perfect Green Blanket (which were previously paired on CD but are now long out-of-print) plus out-takes. Along with a dazzling array of cover songs, Manning provides her own striking originals (including the wonderful title tracks from each of the original albums). It's a limited edition so don't miss out on it this time.