Friday, September 13, 2013

The Nines - 1994 demo tape

Ok.  So a little bird has been whispering in my ear lately about a new album coming down the pike from The Nines, who are something of a cult power-pop favorite from north of the border.  September 16 is the street date for both the physical and digital versions which you can learn a little bit more about here.

My introduction to Steve Eggers and Co. was their contribution, "Ghost Town Sunday," to the Pop Can compilation from 1997.  I quickly followed up that mesmerizing slice of XTC-inflected goodness with the band's Wonderworld of Colourful albumThe Nines absorption of the Andy Partridge and Colin Moulding catalog couldn't be understated in the least, however the deeper I delved into Wonderworld... there was more than simple XTC homage to be had.  The Nines sublime pop craftsmanship offered a wink and a nod to the likes of Jellyfish and Marshall Crenshaw as well, but it was apparent they were quietly putting their own spin on things to boot.  Unfortunately, given the glut of new releases that were coming out in the late '90s, I kinda lost track of the Nines, despite the fact that they were churning out new material.  I still have a lot of catching up to do, but in the meantime, I thought I would share this curio with you.  A ten song demo from 1994, featuring prototypes of several songs that would occupy the aforementioned Wonderworld... and many others that failed to carry over.  If you're new to The Nines, this cassette isn't a bad intro, but treat yourself to Wonderworld... at CD Baby, not to mention the rest of their back catalog - and of course the new platter coming out this Monday.

01. What Can I Do
02. Here it Comes Again
03. Morning I Wake
04. Jennifer Smiles
05. Orange & Blue
06. "Jules Maxi"
07. Going So Far
08. Days and Days
09. Overblown (King's Crossing)
10. Free of it All

http://www4.zippyshare.com/v/yxmNQx15/file.html

6 comments:

Doug said...

Always enjoy The Nines ... glad to hear they have a new album.Thanks for the demos.

bglobe313 said...

Hi,

I am just four songs into this and it is striking me as a very, very good. Indeed the last two (Morning I Wake and Jennifer Smiles) are probably the best XTC songs I have heard in over a decade!

This seems amazing!

Ace K.

bglobe313 said...

Hi,

I am just four songs into this and it is striking me as a very, very good. Indeed the last two (Morning I Wake and Jennifer Smiles) are probably the best XTC songs I have heard in over a decade!

This seems amazing!

Ace K.

zuiop said...

Is it possible to re-up this?

spavid said...

Link has been updated.

zuiop said...

Thanks again!