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.

Comments (8)
  1. Jim H  |   Posted on Jan 19th, 2007 0

    There is something wrong with the MP3…

  2. I find myself listening to Lee Hazlewood at least once a day. There’s something so fantastic about his voice… thanks so much for this post!

  3. dan s  |   Posted on Jan 20th, 2007 0

    I remember seeing him in 99 or something back when he had a bit of a revival (in sweden at least) He sang jazz standards to an audience that just hade discovered his music from the 60s/70s. Near the end he did a short medley of his old hits and introduced it with “Here’s the songs that allowed my kids to go to college” (or something to that meaning)

  4. dan s  |   Posted on Jan 20th, 2007 0


  5. I’m also known as Qowboy Vern. I’ve posted my own musical tribute to Lee Hazlewood on (see URL link) if anyone wants to listen in or download for free. I’m a huge Lee Hazlewood fan. He has influenced me a lot.

  6. dinah  |   Posted on Aug 7th, 2007 0

    Can U help me to find the lyrics of the song online, pls! 10x!

  7. ::The Vinyl Hours Remembers Lee Hazelwood this week, August 16, 2007::

    Tina Bold’s “The Vinyl Hours” radio program can be heard on KUCR 88.3fm in Riverside, CA and on the web at (live-stream) every Thursday night between 7:00pm to 9:00pm The show features an assortment of post-punk, spoken word, indie rock, local bands, in-studio performances, and weekly music scene reports. Tina has been spinning everything “from Patti Smith to Patsy Cline since 1992!” This week’s show features a special tribute to Lee Hazelwood, who passed away August 4, 2007.

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