Boomkat Product Review:
**Double disc retrospective covering the overlooked songs of cult singer/songwriter Charles Douglas. Strongly recommended to fans of Lou Reed, Daniel Johnston. Includes an in-depth, 26-page booklet of liner notes** "Not Your Kind of Music: The Basement Tapes 1995-1999 continues the baffling and addictive musical journey of Charles Douglas. It compiles two previously released albums (The Burdens of Genius and Minor Wave) with two impossible-to-find cassette-only releases (The Spiders Are Getting Bigger and Haunting & Daunting) to create a 67 track (yes, you read that correctly) lo-fi odyssey. Had it not been for bad timing, mental illness, rampant drug abuse, and a penchant for burning bridges, Charles Douglas might be thought of today as a songwriter on par with Stephen Malkmus, Beck, Daniel Johnston, Robert Pollard, and other members of the indie-rock aristocracy. Recorded by Charles in the basement of his parents' house in Allentown, Pennsylvania, this two-disc collection bookends the period that includes the recording of The Lives of Charles Douglas. Away from the bright lights of NYC, Charles wrote and recorded endlessly in the basement on a Tascam 8-track, under the watchful eye of his cat Milly and an army of spiders and roaches. Although Charles was signed to Elektra Records at the time, the label refused to release any of his albums because they were deemed too uncommercial. Caroline Records eventually stepped in and released them, but none of them sold more than a few thousand copies. Playing all the instruments himself, and in the grips of drug addiction, Charles continued to pound out a series of peculiar, genre-defying records. His songs range from gleeful stoner anthems ("Super High," "Monkey Island") to deranged anti-folk ("The Rabbit Never Gets the Carrot"), to proto-LCD Soundsystem electro pop ("Thee Hipster") to rock 'n' roll ("Good Authority") and even rap ("Please Don't Hurt Them"). Many of the songs detail his obsessions with pop culture icons, including Dennis Wilson from the Beach Boys, Prince, Drew Barrymore, Grandmaster Flash, and Grimace from McDonalds."