Thursday, February 28, 2008

Quick Update: Mark Your Calendars.

It's that time again... shows, shows, shows. The weather should begin its turn any minute now (or at least in June, this being New England... but we're getting closer), and so we begin our attempts to get you (and ourselves) out of the caves, cribs, and cocoons and into the beams of the streetlamps and stagelights.

Here's the basic info, we'll give you the details as each individual date comes upon us (pause):

Janks & Sens of Conscious Insanity have long been supporters of PDP, coming to shows, rocking their PoorlyDrawn gear, and keeping the word out there. So when they asked us to jump on board their first bill at the Living Room, we were happy to do so as a way of saying thanks.

The Problemaddicts
will be bringing PDP out to their hometown for some Massachusetts love, god willin'.

Here's one for the ages, or at least, the aged: Poorly Drawn People open for Boot Camp Clik (Buckshot, Sean Price, Smif N Wessum) along with Romen Rok, the 401 AllStars (Chachi, Meal Tix, Starrs & Murph) and Point Blank. Brought to you by Lifted Productions and You'll be hearing a lot more about this show from us very soon, beleedat.

D_Cyphernauts host a monthly hiphop event in Danbury, CT, and were kind enough to invite PDP down for the March installment.

Supadeejay Dox (yes! Dox of Poorly Drawn People!) puts down the old school and underground hiphop favorites you never knew you had to get you up and vibing. DJ Save1 comes along for the ride.

The first show we've thrown since last September. Sure, we've done some others, but this is the first time since we unleashed Nothing Stays Gold upon you that it will have the 'PDP Presents' endorsement across the top of the flyer. Come end the 7-month hiatus with us and we'll give you something special to take home with you... but more on that later. Also appearing: The Problemaddicts, and more to be announced. Stay tuned.

From the
"You Scratch Our Back,
We'll Take You Behind the Middle School
& Get You Pregnant" file:


We try not to ask you for too much without giving you something in return, so while you're marking those calendars feel free to download some music to mark 'em to, courtesy of our brethren over at Labeless Illtelligence!

The "Lads Sans Labels" (as they're called in Scotland) have a new, absolutely FREE project for your listening pleasure called Intox-I-Rox Solid: Stink Talk.

Intox-I-Rox is comprised of Labeless mastermind Cas Uno on the vocals, and sometimes-rapper, sometimes-producer Rock Solid on the beats. Stopping by to share their perspective on world events are Esh the Monolith, Ams Uno, and Dirty Ice of Busted Fro.

Take a listen and share with urrrbody you know. Here's the details from ChrisUno EndCrews himself:

"Rock on the beats, me on the rhymes.

Some special guests here and there.

Planned on releasing double CD w/ Rock's "JuanEPstein" release...Ish didn't work out w/ getting our hands on Rock's project, so we decided to toss this ish out there for free along w/ all the rest of the current, trendy, keep Hip Hope alive type of cats....IF? it ever works out that we get to obtain Rock's project, this will be re-released in it's intended format.


Share it w/ ya friends.

Dislike it.

Throw it directly into your deleted items.

It's free either way.

peace and respect."

Monday, February 11, 2008

PDP Bumrush the 2nd Annual WYDU Awards!

In the summer of last year, the hiphop blog (one of Vibe Magazine's "Dirty 30: the Top 30 hottest spots for Hip Hop on the Internet", October 2007) named the title track off of Storm Davis' Kegstand Poetry to its own Top 30 Songs of the First Half of 2007 (#16).

This past December, WDYU mastermind Trav invited PDP's own SD to be a panelist for their year-end awards, and SD (along with 8 other contributors) provided nominations for the categories that would be awarded when the list was published.

After wrestling with his "conscience" (such as it is), Storm submitted his albums and artists with as little a degree of bias as possible (that is, without listing a single release by self or Poorly Drawn People, save for naming Dox's "Buying Back Your Past" on his subjective-by-definition list of Top 10 Favorite Songs of 2007).***

On January 14, 2008, Wake Your Daughter Up unveiled its Second Annual WYDU Awards. Despite Storm's lack of tampering with the voting process, PDP made out quite fine, appearing on the positive side of multiple categories:

Storm Davis was named twice on the Top 100 Songs of 2007 - "Bethany" (produced by Entity) at #85, "Kegstand Poetry" (produced by Dox) at #25.

Kegstand Poetry (the album) was named as one of 3 to receive Trav's Late Pass Award (given to records released the previous year that slipped through the cracks).

Poorly Drawn People's Nothing Stays Gold mixtape received an Honorable Mention in the Best Mixtape category, losing out to Mick Boogie & Little Brother's And Justus For All.

You can view the full listing of winners and charts here. Selected write-ups are published below for your convenience.

Big ups to Trav and all of the WYDU mind squad for the support. Check out the rest of their excellent work while you're over there.

Top 100 Songs of 2007

85. Storm Davis of Poorly Drawn People - Bethany (from Nothing Stays Gold)

Storm Davis is another example of an artist that I enjoy because I can relate to his subject matter. Storm released his "Kegstand Poetry for the Recovering Alcoholic" in 2006, but I didn't discover the music until earlier this year, thanks to Krooked over at HHB. This track might be a little "emo" in nature, but I've never been one to shy away from that. A lovely piano sample accompanies Storm as he displays a tightened up flow about a girl, of course. I look forward to hearing more from Storm in the coming year and I'm sure I'll be pimping his music to the rest of you.

25. Storm Davis - Kegstand Poetry (from Kegstand Poetry for the Recovering Alcoholic)

How can you not like someone who took their name from a 1980's major league pitcher? Alright, most likely, 90% of you don't know who the original Storm Davis was, but don't make that same mistake twice. The hip hop version of Storm Davis is a New England MC that released his creatively entitled "Kegstand Peotry for the Recovering Alcoholic" (one of the best names for an album ever) in 2006. Like Rip Van Winkle, I was fast asleep on it until a blog posted the album up in May of '07. On the strength of the name alone and Krooked giving it his approval, I downloaded the album. It would become my second favorite album of the year that wasn't released in the year 2007 (Juggaknots take home the first place prize, being mentioned as first on my blog). The anchor song for the album would "Kegstand Poetry", a fun sing-a-long song that would be great in any karaoke bar after nine to ten cold frosty ones. There were multiple nights this past year that I would be singing at the top of my lungs along with this song in my apartment after a trip to the bars. Would have liked to seen this released as a single or further up in the track listing and this could have been every drunken b-boy's theme song.

Trav's Late Pass Award: Favorite Albums From the Past Couple Years That I Discovered This Year

2. Storm Davis - Kegstand Poetry for the Recovering Alcoholic

I downloaded this earlier in the year strictly off the fact the dude took his name from an old 80's Major League Baseball pitcher I used to like. I also think Krooked from HHB gave it the seal of approval as well. I ended up liking it so much that I tracked it down as a used copy at a local CD store (sorry Storm, hopefully the press this year made up for it...haha). Armed with a cool voice and subject matter that was easy for me to relate to, Storm Davis dropped the soundtrack of my summer with the track "Kegstand Poetry" along with other quality tracks. Now I'm just waiting for the new album...dammit!

***Full Disclosure Regarding Favoritism:

SD may have abstained from self-specific promotion, but friends and collaborators were a different story altogether: Storm nominated Prolyphic's Times Table Scraps for the category of Best Lost & Found / Unreleased Album of the Year; and Jon Hope & Statik Selektah's The Audacity for both Best Mixtape and Best Free Album. Alas, the Kegstand Poet's influence was less than impressive; neither release made the cut for the final awards. But you should still seek them out and give a listen.