Friday, September 10, 2021

Evens And Odds: Volume 2 (2021)

Welcome to Volume 2 of the Evens and Odds series. A series where I create mix tapes with special guests (musicians, firends, DJs etc). For volume two I am joined by special guest, my friend, musician and all around good guy Timothy Fife (with solo releases on Death Waltz, Spun Out of Control, Burning Witches Records, Library of the Occult, etc..).  Volume 2 is a deep dive into the world of rare beats, soundtracks and library music. Eric is Odds (odd numbered tracks) Timothy (even numbered tracks). Join us as we play musical leapfrog through the trippy sounds of the 1970s and early 80s.

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Stay tuned for Volume 3 featuring special guest Alfonso Carrillo of the notorious LA based RENDEZVOUS crew!

Thursday, June 24, 2021

I Don't Want Any Flowers - Compiled & mixed by The Cowboys From Sweden (2021)

Finally, after many years in the works, I'm very pleased to present the latest mix tape by The Cowboys From Sweden. It almost feels silly now to admit that I started working on this mix many years ago (probably around 2013 or so), and for various reasons, I kept letting it sit, not allowing myself to finish it.  Why would anybody work on a mixtape for nearly ten years? Years ago I had the realization that making mixtapes was my only true form of keeping a diary.  I've never been one to document my life in any meaningful way.  So in a sense, my mixes have become autobiographical in an abstract kind of way, using other's art to paint a mood or atmosphere of my general experience at any given time in my life (which is really what music is so good at doing after all).  All that said, the past 7 or 8 years have brought a lot of change in my life, bad and good, which is another reason this mix went on and on.  The message kept changing.  I Don't Want Any Flowers (the title taken from a Luboš Fišer track from his 1972 soundtrack "Morgiana & The Cremator") in the end became about reflecting on life and its many complexities. Living, dreaming, loving, losing, joy, regret, longing, acceptance, contentment, friendships, solitude, nostalgia, reflection, frustration, etc... It's meant to be a deep introspective listen, a dream-like trip through self reflection. Or you can just enjoy these pretty songs and ignore the hidden messages.  Either way, I hope you enjoy it.

Headphones recommended. A long walk is also recommended.  Thanks to everybody who's been listening all these years, I appreciate you and your kind comments.

- Eric (The Cowboys From Sweden)

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Sunday, January 24, 2021

NEW LINK! Evens And Odds: Volume 1 (2021)

Eric Lee (The Cowboys from Sweden) is joined by special Swedish guest musician/artist Dan Gräns (Corridor People, Impo & The Tents, Toads of the Short Forest) for a rowdy mix of vintage psych, beat, garage fuzz tunes. Eric is Odds (odd numbered tracks) Dan is Evens (even numbered tracks). Join us as we play musical leapfrog through the smokey haze of the 1960s and 70s.

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Friday, December 20, 2019

Ozarks - Seven Blood-Stained Orchids flexi-disc/music video (2019)

Late last year my buddy Robbie and myself recorded a cover of Riz Ortolani's main theme from the 1972 Umberto Lenzi giallo thriller "Sette Orchidee Macchiate Di Rosso" (The Seven Blood-Stained Orchids).  We decided to do this for two reasons.  One, Robbie had recently purchased a vintage harpsichord and got it in full working condition.  And two, this rare soundtrack still remains lost and may never be released in any format other than the mono transfer you hear in the film itself.  This theme has been a long time favorite of mine since before 2009 when I finally put it on my "In a Cowboy's Mind" mix tape by The Cowboys from Sweden, and that version I ripped from the movie and cleaned up myself.  It wasn't the greatest sound quality, but at least it got out there!

After the recording was finished, the good folks at Lunaris Records put it out as a limited Flexi-disc with full artwork designed by yours truly.  It comes in a full color fold-over sleeve and the flexi-discs themselves are available in two color variants (Red and White) with silver foil stamping in the center.  If you are a fan of rare italian film music, this is for you!

Also Robbie directed the stylish music video for the song (above), modelled after the opening credits of the film in which the original theme plays.

If you wish to support the release you can purchase copies of the flexi direct from Lunaris Records here!  Any support is very much appreciated!

Spooky listening!