Saturday, January 19, 2013

Moss Icon - The Life demo 1989

Here's another late 1980s Washington DC emo/HC band. The first track is missing from the tape this come off of. Sound quality is very good.

listen here:!/album/and+quot+The+Life+and+quot+Demo/6324877
info here:
discography here:

**UPDATE 1-20-13** I found the missing song unmarked on the other side of the tape.

track list: [from cassette tape]
01. The Life
02. Kick The Can
03. Lyburnum Wit's End Liberation Fly
04. Cricketty Rise (Haverton Roads Browns And Greens)
05. Cape Of Holes (Cut Rope Sky Song)
06. As Afterwards The Words Still Ring
07. Happy (Unbounded Glory)
08. Nov 10th (Autumn Whirlwind)
09. Cornflower Blues

1 comment:

  1. I am trying to find copies of four (possibly five) Moss Icon live recordings that were uploaded (in FLAC format) to the bootleg-only torrent tracker DimeADozen, at some point between mid-2012 and early 2013 if I'm remembering right. I don't believe these sets have been reposted since then, and do not seem to have been publicly shared elsewhere... I lost my entire collection of live/demo/rare material (including these M.I. recordings) around five years ago, and these shows are among those I miss the most.

    • The first recording was a longer version of the second set on Blogged & Quartered's live comp, from 1991. I'm pretty sure it was shared with the venue and exact date unknown, labeled simply as having been recorded in the D.C. area in 1991 - the correct venue is likely the Safari Club. The full recording had around 8-9 songs, including absolutely incredible takes on "Kick the Can", "The Life", and most notably a version of "It Disappears" that blew away the released version (not an easy feat).
    • I believe the second recording was a slightly longer version of the 1988 Annapolis set that opens Blogged & Quartered's live compilation, with one or two additional songs.
    • The third recording was a longer excerpt of the Crofton Fire Hall show, from which "I'm Back" and "It Disappears" (on the It Disappears 12") are culled; I think it was only around 6 songs long, so probably not the full set.
    • Finally, there was a brief set (or excerpt of a longer one) that I believe was from 1990/91/92, also around 5 songs long, which included an otherwise totally unknown tune called "Home of the Brave Song" which was really quite amazing. I have a vague recollection of the notes attached to this last set explaining that it was part of a multi-band benefit affair along the lines of the Positive Force shows of the day.

    I would love to reacquire these special recordings for obvious reasons. They have not been reposted to DimeADozen to my knowledge, but the fact that they were initially distributed there is encouraging - after all, these are digital files that dozens of people downloaded only a few years ago, not a single copy of an analog tape slowly degrading in someone's garage. If anyone who has copies of one or more of these M.I. shows (or any others) sees this message, I'd be extremely appreciative if you could get in touch with me at:
    (replace the latter part of the address with - this is to avoid my address being harvested & spammed.)
    Hopefully the limited information I detailed above will encourage others to seek these recordings out and/or make them accessible to other fans of this unique and wonderful band. A big thanks to bat29 for all his hard work in hunting down, digitizing and sharing such a wealth of incredible unreleased music!