Wednesday, July 6, 2022

Astral Vibes' Acid Memories - Special guest mix by The Cowboys From Sweden (2022)

Back with a new mix!  I had the honor of doing a guest mix for Astral Vibes' excellent NTS radio show called Acid Memories which centers around psychedelia of all persuasions.  Here you'll find a slightly abbreviated trip (60 minutes) through the many faces of 60s and 70s psychedelia.  Spacey melodies, driving explorations in fuzz, trippy folk music, tasty French obscurities, colorful library grooves, over the top pop and beyond.  A nice little musical detour for your ever racing mind. 

Originally aired on NTS Radio (London).


Get it here or here


Sunday, June 19, 2022

The Cowboys From Sweden - Live all vinyl DJ set from Beech Street Parlor (2013)


Flashback to 2013 (or possibly before)...  In the darkened corner of a dimly lit bar, behind a pair of turntables and a mixer surrounded by crates of vinyl sit myself and my buddy Robbie.  All evening we share drinks, funny conversations and musical trivia as we proceed to select and play songs into the wee hours of the night. Each of us assigned to one turntable, taking turns trying to compliment each other's selections, or one up each other (depending on how late it was getting and how many drinks we had) in a duel that lasts for hours.  Many live sets were performed at Beech Street Parlor together over the years.  Sadly the bar is now closed down.  Thankfully some of our live sets were broadcasted on the radio and some were recorded and archived.  Here is a good three hours of one of the many live sets we performed there.  I hope you enjoy it and let the music take you back to simpler times.

And keep a lookout for a new Cowboys mix in July!

Download the live set HERE


Thanks for lending me your ears all these years.  Wishing you all the best.

Sunday, February 20, 2022

Evens And Odds: Volume 3 (2022)

 Evens And Odds Volume 3 is here, this time featuring very special guest, the magnificent Alfonso Carrillo (RENDEZVOUS LA, DJ Alfonso's MUSIC CABINET, etc.)! On volume three, Alfonso and myself take a wild ride through dusty music libraries, spooky silver screen themes, beat-heavy funk atmospheres and other forgotten psychedelic delights from the 60s and 70s. Alfonso is Odds (odd numbered tracks), Eric is Evens (even numbered tracks). Come join us as we play musical leapfrog through the golden age of cinematic music!

Download here!

You can also stream this on Mixcloud here!

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.

Download Here.

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)

Link Here
Or Here

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.

Download Here!

Or Here.

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!