By Will Hermes
Updated April 23, 1999 at 04:00 AM EDT

Sonic Youth drummer and part-time label chief Steve Shelley wants to peddle Hazelwood’s overripe oeuvre to history-starved hipsters. It’s a worthy pitch: 1970’s Cowboy is baroque C&W pop with a hint of Bergman, recommended to Nick Cave fans and Gainsbourg revivalists. 1999’s Farmisht dishes up standards arranged for lounge combo and a flatter but likable baritone. Welcome back, pardner.
Cowboy: B+
Farmisht: B-