Sadly, there won’t be many more opportunities to call any Lee Hazlewood songs “new,” as the cowboy psychedelia pioneer has announced that Cake Or Death will be his swan song. Diagnosed with terminal cancer, Lee’s taking this release to call an end to his decade-long break from the retirement he took back in the ’70s. You should know Lee by name, but even if not, you know his songs (like the Jessica Simpson bastardized “These Boots Are Made For Walking”) and his fans (like Nick Cave, Sonic Youth, Beck, and Jarvis). Sure, there’s a pall hanging over this collection of covers and new songs, but that air of the tragic suits Lee’s baritone and sense of gravitas just fine. You’ll love this track. Listen for the line: “Ah well that’s life or so it was, it ain’t nothing to me.” We dare you not to have yourself a moment.
Hear more of the record at MySpace.
Cake Or Death is out 1/23 on Ever.