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Foxfur And Rarebits

by The Iditarod

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  • Limited edition vinyl LP
    Record/Vinyl + Digital Album

    high-quality LP pressing, seven tracks ... includes free download of these as well as the five non-lp bonus tracks.
    all tracks are newly-mastered by jeffrey; new artwork by carin; wonderful liner notes by the great UK writer/critic jeanette leech.
    the total pressing is limited to 150 copies world-wide. less than 30 of these copies are in the USA !!!!
    I am selling a handful of copies to USA buyers ONLY. international buyers should order these from the label Morctapes.

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Sparrow 06:26
Carol, 4AM 04:16
Julia Dream 03:04


"The Iditarod were very much a pioneering psychedelic folk group although for some this took the benefit of hindsight to realise as alongside the likes Stone Breath their music pre-dated the arrival of Freak Folk and mainstream breakthrough acts such as Banhart and Newsom.

At a time when indie rock was ruling venues finding a suitable place to perform their quieter music was difficult to say the least. The band eventually managed to find an ideal home base in Providence, Rhode Island where there was a more appreciative audience. They released The River Nektar in 1998. The core of the band was Carin Sloan (formerly Carin Wagner) and Jeffrey Alexander.

Amongst their self-penned material they also played traditional songs that they had learned from records by Anne Briggs and Pentangle. This new 2000-2003 collection on Morc Records titled Foxfur & Rarebits brings together oddments including alternate takes and live performances and although these songs were never meant to be together as an album, they do work as one.

By early 2000 the band had taken of the form of a collective and frequently invited guest artists up on stage to perform with them. On the album are some well known names including Sharron Kraus, Margie Wienk (Fern Knight), Matt Everett (Fern Knight, Will Oldham) and William Schaff whose album artwork many of you will have seen for Okkervil River and Songs: Ohia. - Folk Radio UK"


(LP only, 2014)

2000-2003 collection, released on vinyl LP in 2014 on Morc Records, Belgium.


released July 28, 2014

"This is a new collection of material by psychedelic folk group The Iditarod that was originally spread out over short run cdrs, 7"s and various compilations between 2000-2003. Now often viewed with the benefit of hindsight as a precursor of the so-called ‘Freak Folk’ movement, they developed quite an idiosyncratic version of folk music that combined sparse song structures, spectral vocals and experimental arrangements and atmospheric sound textures. Their combination of disparate influences are apparent across this record, with Carin Sloan’s vocals bringing to mind Shirley Collins’ work with the Albion Band or the spookier side of Cat Power and the music sounding like a slightly catatonic Pentangle one minute and The Dead C jamming on some found acoustic instruments the next." (Norman Records, UK, July 2014)


The Iditarod was Carin Wagner and Jeffrey Alexander

A1 - Feel The Breath Of The Woods Upon Your Heart Part One
Carin - voice
Jeffrey - guitars, electronics, percussion

A2 - Sparrow
Carin - voice
Jeffrey - guitars, phonograph, FFT spectrum synth

A3 - Where The Cold Winds Blow
Carin - voice
Jeffrey - guitar, coff-lo, bowed bass, phonograph
Sharron - banjo, whistle

B1 - Carol, 4AM
Carin - voice
Jeffrey - banjo, bass, guitar, glockenspiel

B2 - Julia Dream
Carin - voice
Jeffrey - guitar
Margie - cello, voice

B3 - Cold, Drafty Castles With Absent Masters
Carin - voice, bells
Jeffrey - guitar, phonograph
Margie - string bass
Matt - viola

B4 - Feel The Breath Of The Woods Upon Your Heart Part Two
Jeffrey - guitars, electronics, moog synth
Sharron - clarinet

All music written by Jeffrey + all lyrics by Carin, except:
A3 (intro-only) "In The Pines", Traditional
B2 "Julia Dream", music + lyrics by Roger Waters, 1968
All recorded, mixed, mastered by Jeffrey, except B2 recorded live on RadiOrakel, Oslo Norway - Oct 7, 2000 by Benny Braaten.
Artwork by Carin.

Thanks to the people who made these happen in the first place:
Nemo Bidstrup, Phil McMullen, Chris Moon, George Parsons, Benny Braaten, Michael Anderson.
Thanks also to the guest musicians:
Sharron Kraus, Margie Wienk, Matt Everett.
Special thanks to Wim Lecluyse and Jeanette Leech.


* Paramechanical World
previously unreleased
Amon Düül cover (Paramechanische Welt) (1970 GEMA)
Recorded by Jeffrey in Providence, RI, 2003
Carin - voice
Jeffrey - guitars, samples
Miriam Goldberg - cello

* Beech, Birch, Mountain Pine
previously unreleased alternate take
Lyrics - Carin, Music - Jeffrey
Recorded by Jed Marshall at AS220 in Providence, RI, 2003
Carin - voice, singing bowl
Jeffrey - guitars, samples
Miriam Goldberg - cello
William Schaff - drums

* Sparrow
live on WFMU September 2, 2002
recorded by Irene Trudel
Jeffrey - guitar, phonograph
Carin - vocals
William Schaff - casio, drum kit

* Roots Of The Butterfly Bush
(alternate mix), original tracks recorded by Jesse Poe summer 2001 in Richmond VA during a week-long party with Pelt and Fursaxa. Additional tracks by Jeffrey in Providence RI, Fall 2002. Originally released on a Ptolemaic Terrascope magazine CD compilation "Potbuster" (POT #33, UK 2003)

* Moonchild
previously unreleased
King Crimson cover (1969 EG Music)
live at Kulturhuset Oceanen, Göteborg, Sweden on October 4, 2000
recorded by Jerry Johansson
Carin - vocals, strumstick
Jeffrey - guitar, ebow
Margie - cello


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Jeffrey Alexander Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Founding member of The Iditarod in 1996, Black Forest/Black Sea in 2003 and Dire Wolves in 2008. Joined JOMF in 2013. Started The Heavy Lidders in 2019. Former label owner of Magic Eye Singles and Secret Eye Records. Also toured with and featured on recordings by Kemialliset Ystävät, Avarus, Es, Fursaxa, Christina Carter, Gravenhurst, Jeffrey Alexander-Andrea Belfi-Stefano Pilia Trio. ... more

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