Saturday, June 3, 2017

Dina J & The Cowboys From Sweden - Love And Other Crimes (2017)


Last month I had the pleasure of doing a guest DJ set on my friend Dina J's radio show "High Noon" on NTS Radio.  She played for the first hour and I played the second.  Since we both have very similar tastes, I thought I would be fun to post up our collaborative set as a downloadable mix tape.  If you like my mixes, you'll be sure to enjoy Dina's!  Due to the length of the mix, I had to upload it in two parts. Links include artwork.  Enjoy this sprawling two hour cinematic journey!

Part One.
Part Two.

For other excellent DJ sets by Dina, check out her soundcloud page here, and don't forget to listen in to High Noon here!

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

André Hossein - Le Vampire De Dusseldorf - Bande Originale Du Film (1965)


Here we have a cool little mini soundtrack EP by Iranian composer André Hossein for the 1965 crime thriller "Le Vampire De Dusseldorf" (The Secret Killer) directed by André's son Robert Hossein. I have not seen the film but according to IMDB, the film is the true story of Peter Kurten, a serial killer who committed nine murders in Dusseldorf during the great depression.  The music however is very stylish and cool.  Five tracks in all, ranging from cool hard-boiled low key creepy crawly crime-jazz, sweet sentimental waltzes, smokey after dark club jazz, party music and a really dramatic end theme that sounds like music from a 60s monster movie.  My favorite tracks on this little EP are the beautiful single "La Belle De Nuit" sung by the lovely French chanteuse Pia Colombo and Théme Du Vampire, with it's cool haunting melody reminiscent of Serge Gainsbourg's early jazz works.

Vinyl ripped from my personal collection, includes cover scans.  Get it here!

Philippe Sarde - Max Et Les Ferrailleurs - Bande Originale Du Film (1970)

Here is Philippe Sarde's spooky 5 track mini soundtrack for Claude Sautet's 1971 crime drama "Max Et Les Ferrailleurs" (Max and the Junkmen).  We get a few versions of the very cool hypnotic, heavily percussive and some what militaristic feeling main theme song (the first version featuring French language vocals by Mouloudji).  My favorites on this one are "Le Bal Des Ferrailleurs" and the moody film noir-esque "Max, Abel Et Lily" theme.  I'm sure you won't be disappointed with this one!

Vinyl rip from my personal collection.  Includes cover scans.  Get it here.

François De Roubaix - Ho ! - Bande Originale Du Film (1968)


Here's a cool little four track EP by one of my all time favorite composers, Mr. François De Roubaix from the soundtrack of Robert Enrico's 1968 gangster film "Ho !" starring Jean-Paul Belmondo and Joanna Shimkus.  Musically on this one, we start out with some crazy high energy detuned bar piano stuff (sounds like a saloon scene from a western) with a song called Bénédicte, then on track two (a song called François Holin) we get a real treat with Roubaix showing us all what an insanely talented virtuoso he really is, playing some extremely fast and complex melodies, switching between piano and what sounds like tack piano.  After that, we get some standard old timey ragtime jazz with Générique and lastly one of Roubaix's unforgettable haunting crime themes (Le Revolver) that make an appearance on nearly everything he does.  He's simply the best.

Ripped from my personal collection for your listening pleasure.  Get it here.

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

The Death of a Candle - Compiled & Mixed by The Cowboys From Sweden (2016)










































Here's the latest installment from The Cowboys From Sweden.  The Death of a Candle is a slow dramatic listen loaded with moody soundtrack cuts and rare pop sounds from France, Italy and a few other places.  This mix was conceptualized as sort of a fairytale story and is intended to be listened to with that in mind.  Sort of a movie soundtrack with a plot that you can follow perhaps (Although there isn't one)...  This is possibly the moodiest Cowboys mix to date due to it's slow dreamlike delivery.  Although the focus here is more on moody low key symphonic sounds perhaps, there are still some funky moments here and there.  This mix features quite a few obscure gems from my collection which include Ann Sorel's breathtaking liturgical pop tune "La Prelude... Et La Suite", Aleph's insane "Love Memories", Guido and Maurizio De Angeles' "Penso Se..." television theme, and a few beautiful rarities by Jennifer and Elsa Laurent to name a few. Probably the track that inspired this mix from the beginning was Michel Legrand's "Amour... Amour" from the excellent Peau D'Ane (or Donkey Skin) soundtrack (which happens to actually be a fairytale).  Grab your headphones and go out for a nice long walk, or light a candlestick and watch it burn down!  And don't forget to play it loud!  320 rips with artwork included.  Enjoy!  Thanks for listening.  Comments are appreciated!

Download it here.

Monday, November 16, 2015

"They're Out There" - A horror mix by Ivan Rassimov (2015)

























78 minutes of dark disco and synthy atmospheres.  Listen in the dark!

Download it here.

Friday, July 17, 2015

Ozarks - One Thing (2015)


























Today Attacknine Records released a brand new single by my band Ozarks (Robbie Augspurger and myself, also known as The Cowboys From Sweden). The single features two new songs. The first up is the harpsichord driven cobweb-pop tune "One Thing" which features lyrics about Ludwig Van Beethoven and his family. The second track included is a nice little liturgical slow-motion cinematic library pop instrumental called "Claudine" which draws inspiration from our love of rare soundtrack collecting (with nods to a few of our favorite film music composers such as Ennio Morricone, François De Roubaix and Francis Lai). The cover of the single is graced with an excellent painting by the magnificent and way too talented Adam Burke (and has some minor design work by yours truly).


The single is free and you can download it now from the Attacknine Bandcamp page here.

Just click "Buy Now" and enter "0" into the price field. Then light a candle and have a listen over a nice glass of cognac.

- Eric.