Monday, November 26, 2007

Storm Davis & Kool Keith!

Thursday November 29
The Living Room
23 Rathbone St
Providence RI
ALL AGES / Doors 9pm / $15 advance $18 day of

(Storm Davis / Reason / Dox / DJ Sterbyrock)

You may know him as Dr Octagon, or from Ultramagnetic MCs, or maybe he's Black Elvis, Dr. Dooom, or Ice-T's partner in Analog Pimps. Or perhaps to you he's just Matthew. Whatever you call him, he's in Rhode Island this Thursday with Storm Davis & Poorly Drawn People, so you're going to want to be there.

(here's the venue version of the flyer, which, while stylistically dope, mysteriously omits the PDP brethren, so you will see it nowhere else by our hand):

It's an all ages show, so any uninitiated youngins are going to want to get the science on Mr. Thornton, and can do so here:

Kool Keith on Wikipedia

and most 'specially, you must view Kool Keith's thoughts on seltzer water.

additional info can be found at the Living Room.


...a hearty thanks to all who came out to AS220 in Providence this past weekend to check the SD & PDP set that closed out a night put on by 19Ninty7's Indef*Art. Performances by Jots One, Charles ExSavior, 97, and Pennsylvania's Phynite led to a dope-as-usual showing from PDP-affiliate Need Not Worry.

The show bled over into an afterhours gathering at SD's vista to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the hatching of the fabled Big Doug. The session featured what was truly the most high-minded non-drinking drinking game I've ever seen at such a function. But you're going to have to ask Romen Rok about that one. Cas Uno of Labeless Illtelligence, DJ Al Bums, Dox, Need Not, Maverick Awesome, Falside, Petey Wheatstraw, DJ Double R, DJ Full Frequency, Entity, and a cast of dozens turned out to pat the big fella on the back, and left a trail of Bud Light cans and empty whiskey bottles in their wake, just to prove they were there.

Wednesday, November 21, 2007

Gary Gnu's.

Welcome to the new Storm Davis blogspot. This will take the place of the "News" section of till a proper and respectable site can be resurrected at that address.

Selected past blogs originally published on the SD MySpace have been reprinted below for your peeping ease, any previous to November 2006 are still available at

Here's the slightly out-of-date (but currently used) bio for the uninitiated who have just stumbled upon this little corner of the Interweb and would like some context:

Storm Davis first freestyled on a Providence, Rhode Island, city bus in 1989. He battled a female volleyball player from a cross-city high school. She won.

Undaunted, he began to seriously rap as a joke in 1993, recording horrifying lo-fi demos with a mysterious karaoke DJ named The Snail. These sessions found their way into local shops between 1994 and 1996, manifesting as two appalling mixtapes that have luckily disappeared from the public consciousness.

Storm spent most of the late 1990s beginning and ending projects with numerous collaborators far more talented than himself, always dropping out to foolishly attempt to adapt himself to a more conventional lifestyle that was destined not to take.

He entered freestyle battle competitions, recorded some mixtape 'exclusives,' and generally leaned against the wall during the earliest hours of this underground hip hop party.

He perfected an earth-shattering Jason Priestley impression. This did little to further his career.

Around the turn of the century, Storm dabbled in the Providence coffee shop spoken word scene, and still clings to the delusional notion that he had something to do with local cafe Cup of Joes winning the 2000 Providence Phoenix Best Spoken Word/Open Mic selection (he was a featured weekly performer).

Davis then began working in the independent film scene, as well as at a boutique music label/management company, in the hopes of helping to further the careers of associates and other artists he was certain were better than he. Both ventures ended in disaster.

In late 2003, standing amidst the smoldering ruins of a once promising life with nothing but a resume heavily tilted toward the loss column and pounds of pages of unrecorded songs, SD finally decided that intense drive, clear vision, and an unwillingness to accept reality were far more important than astounding talent.

Thus he began recording a proper debut album, called KEGSTAND POETRY FOR THE RECOVERING ALCOHOLIC, crafting literate, personal lyrics true to the legacies of forgotten hip hop legends like Justin Warfield, Divine Styler, and Wise Intelligent of Poor Righteous Teachers, melded with melodic sensibilities inspired by artists like Faith No More, Kilgore (Smudge), and ex-House of Pain frontman Everlast.

The LP arrived in stores in May 2006 to a whirlwind of raised eyebrows, moderate apathy, and the unbridled glee of the occasional diehard devotee.

In 2004, Storm joined forces with a cadre of New England's finest emcees and producers to form Poorly Drawn People, the latest in this nauseating wave of overly-emotional underground hiphop crews that swurrr to gawd they gon change da game... they won't... neither will PDP... but, the music is rather impressive.

Storm would appreciate it greatly if you stayed tuned as the saga continues to unfold.

FREE DOWNLOAD - 25 NEW Storm Davis & PDP Tracks!

FREE DOWNLOAD - 25 NEW Storm Davis & PDP Tracks!

Here it is, for all you tech-savvy e-people that missed the SD & PDP show at the Living Room in Providence on the 15th...or didn't catch our shameless shower of free discs outside the Atmosphere and Aesop Rock shows this weekend... the Poorly Drawn People Nothing Stays Gold sampler, featuring 25 previously unreleased tracks from STORM DAVIS, REASON, DOX, and ENTITY, plus appearances from Prolyphic, Labeless Illtelligence's CasUno & Esh, DJ Al Bums, AmsUno, Jon Hope, RADIx, Falside, Justin Catoni, Frank Ripp, Emilio Lopez, and more!

Feel free to forward, leak, bootleg, burn, fileshare, and otherwise engage in all forms of piracy with the enclosed release. We made it for the planet to hear, so help us make that happen.

The initial run of 100 limited edition Sterbyrock-scripted CD-R's are gone, but another 500 (non-scripted) are available for those who would like a physical copy. Just get at us when you see us slinking around your local liquor store or burrito joint for the plastic.

A warning to the superstitious: PDP DJ Sterbyrock has pointed out that the running time of the CD is 77 minutes and 34 seconds... or 7734, which all oldschool satanist beeper heads will know is... HELL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I'm just sayin.


Hope you dig, pass it on, and let us know what you think.............


Sweet Sixteen.

from July 17, 2007

WakeYourDaughterUp ranks "Kegstand Poetry" at 16 on its Top 30 Songs of 2007

The smart fella(s) over there at name the title track off of Kegstand Poetry to their Top 30 of the first half of 2007... and also call SD a 'white hipster Sage wannabe.' Sort of. We'll take the foam with the draft, so to speak, as long as it gets us drunk:

16. Kegstand Poetry – Storm Davis
This was released last year, but I like this song too much to not including on this year's list since I just discovered the album this spring. It will probably be written off as white hipster music (read Sage Francis wannabe), but I've sung a long with this joint way too much not to fall in love with it. Any song that I can learn the words to now a days deserves some love. Plus it involves two of my favorite things, baseball (the original Storm Davis was a pitcher for the Orioles and Royals in the 80's) and drinking.

The French Connection

from July 11, 2007

Underground French magazine reviews Kegstand Poetry with fascinating results.

From Hey You! Zine issue 12, by a writer named 'Rod.':

STORM DAVIS "Kegstand poetry for the recovering alcoholic" – Poorly Drawn people (CD) USA :

A few actual hip hop productions bring my attention but this one deserves a listening (or more). This young molodoï guy is down on the dumps drinking Jack Daniels and writing on white papers for fifteen years. He woke up and put out this record in 2006. 20 really good tracks, with a lot of influences and samples (ATCQ, O.C., movie quotes, blues music, rock, pop, and so on) for a 73 minutes full album. A wealthy and diverse record with a nice & smooth flow comparing to other white rap acts for example. The sung parts are maybe too numerous but the melodies are unstoppable. A lot of names come in mind listening to it : ATMOSPHERE, MURS, EVERLAST, LOOPTROOP, LAST EMPEROR. I advice this label and this record to all the heads who like the 2000's hip hop and even the 90's stuff. Really good surprise. (


from July 7, 2007

Thanks and thanks and thanks... to everyone who took part in the 777 show at the Living Room...

especially to Brian, Jay, Smitty and Bill of Kilgore for inviting yours truly to not only be a part of it all, but for passing the smokestack-logo torch on, and for making the 16 years of practice (that occurred only in my head) pay off and allowing me to actually take the stage and peform a song with the band. That'll stay with me for a long time.

...and to my incredible bongo-less band, Austin Andrews (finally!), the amazing Cameron Greenlee, the ever-present, ever-reliable and ever-appreciated Dox, and last minute low-end master Bill Bell, it wouldn't have happened without you. I am indebted.

To the throngs of adoring 90s metal merrymakers: you didn't eat me alive. you didn't throw anything at me. you listened. you nodded your heads and laughed at my jokes. you bought me drinks onstage. God damn. Much warmer a welcome than I could have hoped for. A class crowd from front to back.

Pete, Greg, James, Mike D, and all of you Living Room cronies: always make a brother feel at home. Thanks.

Gratitude all around for a night that I've been waiting for for a decade.


PS Anyone with pictures from the show that wouldn't mind sending them along:

Kegstand Poetry wins BEST ALBUM

from June 11, 2007

Thanks to you... Kegstand Poetry wins BEST ALBUM in Phoenix Best Music Poll!

Greetings cats and kittens,

First off, thanks to all who took time to vote in this year's Providence Phoenix Best Music Poll. Your heavy barrage of clicks has paid off, and Kegstand Poetry for the Recovering Alcoholic has won the Best Album Category!

This couldn't have happened without all of your support over the past year, and especially not without the patience and understanding so many of you put forth in the years leading up to the record's release, when I chipped away bit by bit at all of our lives on this crazy lil quest. So thank you for hanging in while it all went down.

Thanks to those of you who came on board after the album was released, to you who are genuinely listeners and fans, as you are the people who raised the album's profile so that it could be recognized. Thanks for making it so I don't have to do this in a vacuum, for your feedback, criticism, and love.

An extreme helping of appreciation to all the players who helped make the album what it was: Entity, Dox, theGenetics, Reason, Symmetry, Romen Rok, Frank Ripp, Emilio Lopez, Sneak Techniks, Dusty Frazier, Joeywonk, DJ Roux, Tone Capone, Need Not Worry, Realistikk, LoProphyle, Mumu, Pauly from the Block, James Van Der Beek, and of course, whomever I wound up forgetting.

It is in your best interest to seek out these artists and check out their material, which is admittedly far superior to my own, so I'm thankful I didn't have to go head-to-head with them in the category, or I'd be short one metaphorical Moon Man.

Hopefully this is just an early step, so stay tuned for the next.

The new Storm Davis album, Robot Rock & Necktie Blues, (produced by Dox aka Justin Sayles) will be in your hands 'round summer's end.

The Providence Phoenix Best Music Poll Winners issue is on newsstands from Thursday June 7 til Wednesday June 13. The articles will be posted online at

love to all,
SD reviews Kegstand Poetry

from May 15, 2007

Counting as inspirations the likes of Justin Warfield, Divine Styler, and Wise Intelligent (of Poor Righteous Teachers), as well as Everlast (after House of Pain), Rhode Island resident Storm Davis delivers his debut album Kegstand Poetry For The Recovering Alcoholic. Though self-professed as being "hip hop smooved out on the indie rap tip, with a pop appeal to it," Kegstand actually has more in common with that Golden Age of rap music just before the mainstream took hold.
Along with Poorly Drawn People, his New England area fam of producers and emcee's, Storm has crafted a thoroughly enjoyable debut album, replete with "literate, personal lyrics" and headnodding beats. "Illest It Gets?" featuring Symmetry, has a bass line and flow that wouldn't be out of place on a Jurassic 5 album. "Major League," with guests from Sneak Techniks, Emilio Lopez and the always on point Reason, rides along on an interpolation of Funk Pioneers The Brothers Johnson's 1977 hit "Strawberry Letter 23".

"Like She Knew" finesses Jamiraqui-style keyboards and funky drums for another hot track. For more personal fair, "A Little Bit of Luck," which samples Q-Tip on the refrain "why you wanna go and do that?" is offered up for a little bit of relationship reflection. The reflection continues on songs like "Man In The Mirror," a track that could rival Michael Jackson's own. Also, full on boom-bap goodness prevails on the title track.

If you like good rap music, then this LP is for you. If you're looking for something a little more commercial, you can still find enjoyment here, just not fully. The storm is brewing.

-D Tha Man, May 3, 2007

SD Demands: Attend the KILGORE REUNION - May 19 2007!!!

from April 11, 2007

Kilgore (Smudge) was a band that had a tremendous influence on me and my music (their song "3" was the basis for "Ten After Three" off of Kegstand Poetry, their 'smokestack' logo was transformed as an homage into the current SD logo of today) and just happened to contain a few good friends over the years. They essentially defined Rhode Island music in mid-nineties, made some of the planet's finest heavy music of the decade, and then, life happened, and they disappeared.

This May 19, they re-form for one night, to benefit a great cause.

I encourage all of you to check them out, and to make sure you reserve the date to be at the show.

A special note for SD & PDP fans: you've seen Kilgore guitarist Brian McKenzie open for us at a number of shows, as well as Big Jon Tierney, who will be warming it up for KS that night, so familiar faces will be everywhere.

Do not miss it.

The official word from Jay Berndt's wife Jessica:

"From my wife Jessica......
A Fight To Remember Benefit

So those of you in hell may want to put on a sweater. Something none of us ever thought would happen, is not only happening. It is happening at our breast cancer benefit, May 19th at Jakes!!!

As most Rhode Islanders know, Kilgore (Smudge) were pretty frickin' huge, as far as local acts go. They toured with Ozzy and Slayer, they opened for Marilyn Manson, Megadeth, Biohazard, Clutch, face it, everyone.

They went their seperate ways in 1999. And we all thought that was the end of the story.


They have agreed to get back together to play the benefit.

So now not only do you have the oppurtunity to bid on amazing stuff on EBay... Or bid on awesome stuff at the event (stuff that will not be available online).... Not only will you get to see a bunch of awesome bands and drink for charity....
Now you can see something alomost more rare than a jackalope humping a unicorn...

Jay Berndt, Bill Southerland, Brian McKenzie, and Jason Smith on one stage!

Don't miss this oppurtunity!

Spread the word!!

Donate to our cause!!

Have an awesome day."

The Departed: A Day of Reckoning for Providence HipHop

from February 14, 2007

Yesterday was indeed a pivotal day in hiphop for the 401.

Martin Scorsese's The Departed (an excellent film) debuted on DVD.

All across Rhode Island, emcees and deejays (and those who fancy themselves to be those things, despite cries from the public insisting the contrary) who caught the flick in the theatre scrambled to the local big-box stores to cop the disc... because they knew what kind of gold it contained.

Not only did it crack a billion on the bananas scale* because
-The word "fuck" and its derivatives are said 237 times throughout the film.**
-The word "cunt" is spoken 22 times throughout the film.**
but it also contained...


Now, anyone who's peeped Kegstand Poetry or the Rye Commentary EP that preceded it knows I have a bit of an obsession with using dialogue samples to frame joints. I feel it helps the narrative establish itself in the minds of the listeners, breaks up the record a bit, allows me to get on my subliminal Roger Ebert (pause), and is just generally a good time.

However... there's got to be rules when selecting those samples. And those Departed lines you're thinking of using for between-song hijinks breaks them all.****

I'm absolutely positive that some of the sentences in The Departed will find their way onto umpteen mixtapes and "MySpace throwaway tracks" 'round these parts.

But, you need not worry (word to Formulatin Fathers): your friendly neighborhood SD is here to save the city from this impending siege.

A few bold predictions as to some of the contender for 'Most Overused Line on Local Mixtapes 2007/2008"*****:

"Guineas from the north and down Providence gonna tell me what to do."
"I'm sorry, but it was necessary. As for our problem with Providence - let's not cry over some spilled Guineas."
and of course, many uses of the word "Mafia" that can be used in so many clever ways.

There's more. You'll find them on your own, I'm sure.

I'm here to let you know, before the first one of these atrocities finds its way into your track, its played. Wack. Disinteresting. Not a good look.

Not the film. The film is off the meter. Your samples.

Everyone in your genre is going to see that movie.
Everyone in your area code with a DVD drive and a cracked copy of Cool Edit is going to rip those lines.
Everyone in your zip code is going to listen to your CD-R using the same lines.
No one is going to think that's the strong move.
(And if someone does, that's a person whose opinions you should immediately and always dismiss as frighteningly out of touch).

Best of all, some genius is going to accuse someone of "biting" their extremely original and cutting edge vocal dig when they unearth a second track using an identical line reading.

Look kids, I'm just here to offer advice, to try and stop you before you embarrass yourself, Martin Scorsese and hiphop all in one click of a mouse. I want you to know: you're better than that.

And if you're really not, well, we'll give you a pass this time. Laminate it. Cherish it. It only comes around once.

So, to conclude: No samples from The Departed regarding any of those things we've discussed on any release you are currently screaming is "coming soon" and will contribute to your "takeover" and warning us that we "ain't ready."

(Off the subject, if you keep letting us know that we're not ready, we may take note and begin to prepare, and consequently will actually be ready when your product arrives. Use this information as you see fit).

You'll thank me later, I promise.

Crying over spilled Guineas,

*EDITORS NOTE: I will use this huge banana on the moms of the first person I catch using these samples on product.
**accurate, actual stats, according to some (alleged) crackhead on
***gold is the new platinum.
****I will not be listing the rules. Use context clues to figure out the rest of them.
*****Bet you wish Mortal was still around to throw some wacky awards show now, don'tcha, moneygrip?

Reactions to RI Rap Remembers Randy Hien Benefit Show

December 28, 2006 - Thursday

On November 15, 2006, SD & PDP held RI Rap Remembers: A Benefit for the Randy Hien Family Fund, to raise money for scholarship funds for the children left behind by Living Room owner Randy Hien, who passed away in 2006. We present to you some reactions to the night published by attendees, in the interest of saying goodbye and thank you one more time to one of the Ocean State's greats.

RI Hip Hop Honors a Friend
Photos and article by Reza Corinne Clifton.
Photo: Storm Davis & Romen Rok.
By Reza Corinne Clifton

PROVIDENCE, RI - Last Wednesday, November 15, in front of an all ages audience beginning at 8:00 PM, a number of artists performed and paid tribute to a monumentally important man in the local music scene. It was during "Rhode Island Rap Remembers: a Benefit for the Randy Hien Family Fund," a show which took place at The Living Room on Rathbone Street. It which featured a bevy of local hip hop emcees (rappers): Poorly Drawn People: Reason and Dox, Storm Davis, Symmetry, Chachi, Romen Rok, Jon Hope, and Minister Ref; and turntable dj's, Sterby Rock and Al Bums.

For decades, Hien, and later The Living Room with Hien at its helm, were known for inviting people of all ages and ethnicities, and befriending musicians and promoters with any level of exposure. While this writer never personally met Hien, I know that I consider the live music/performance experience so sacred in part because I began going early—to The Living Room as a high school student, thanks to the regularly-held all ages events.

It was clear talking to artists Chachi and Romen Rok that Hien's support and welcoming spirit has been a significant factor in moving a diverse, amorphous RI hip hop agenda forward. While Chachi might describe the hip hop scene as in a "soon to blow" state, he also categorizes it as "very persistent" and "kind of depressing at times"—due to low fan support. Romen identified the local scene similarly, remarking that it causes and consists of lower back pain and anxiety. These are common to any local music scene, but it's having club owners like Hien—who appreciated the real challenges but still valued music, creativity, and people who work hard—that make a difference in whether local music can thrive.

Through full-length cd's, radio shows, frequent performances, regional and national appearances and collaborations, name recognition, and more, last Wednesday's artists are thriving in one way or another. And last week's show was about showing that they haven't forgotten one of the heroes who helped make it possible.

After his death this past September, The Providence Phoenix, an alternative weekly distributed in Providence and across RI, published a heartfelt and sincere tribute about his life that included anecdotes and remembrances from the various friends and associates he guided, encouraged, loved, and impacted.

Reza Corinne Clifton is a community organizer for high school reform at RI Children's Crusade for Higher Education. She is also a freelance writer who is regularly published in several RI-area publications. Her articles can be seen at

Randy Hein Benefit Show - added: Nov 19 2006

Being foreign to these parts I wasn't aware of Randy Hein's presence before his death. I was made aware while driving my car home from work the night of his death. A local sports radio station announced that a long time Little League coach and community leader had died in a car accident. Maybe later that same week I heard the owner of Living Room had died. I didn't know the connection at first. I didn't learn the impact until Wednesday night. This man was widely respected in the overground and underground. He must have been a special person. Doing things for all types of kids. Respect. I hope his family and friends are well.

Mortal, DawnStar and I rolled in the Hyundai. I was looking forward to putting my feet in the RI hip hop scene for the night. Of course we were late. Royal was rocking and Sterby Rock (Wednesday 3 to 6 on WRIU 90.3 ) was on the turntables. Went outside and this cat wearing beads came up and gave Mortal some germ free elbow daps.. lol, I never saw that one before. I was thinking about it every time I touched palms the rest of the night.

Minister of Reference was next up. He was the first I heard bring the benefit to the street. Randy Hein made it possible for many people to rock. Ref dropped over beats and did some a cappella jams. Here's a piece I won't forget… "you wanna stick your dick in a dime but you're too chicken to try" fuck that's funny to me… Abstract Soul joined ref but I hardly knew it because I actually thought that shit was playing off a fucking CD. Then I realized.. Those aren't digitally mastered pre-recorded beats, it was dudes mouth. He drops beats like an MPC with multiple kits loaded.. Amazing. Hip Hop crowds like to stand back early and move up late… reminds me of what Ref was talking about.

John Hope was having too much fun. He stomped around the stage and gave it his all, I was feeling it. Al Bums was on the CD now but John Hope also wanted to do some a cappella. I think there was miscommunication but professionals keep moving.

The crowd was starting to fill out Roman Rok came on. This man has a lot of energy. Moving and shaking all over the stage. The crowd started to MOVE CLOSER. I put myself close again and clicked some dope photographs. I have one that makes Roman look like some sort of disturbed scholar with Al Bums feeling it in the background. Storm Davis and Roman rocked a GnR based joint together. It's cool how you can take a song that was cool and make it into a new song that's cool. Also, the Storm Davis shirts are fresh, I got one from Mortal cuase that shit would never fit him!

There were a ton of beatiful pairings of women at the show. They always go in pairs don't they? Then they hang together all night. Some sort of Hip Hope show buddy system. You know the ones that come with the scene becuase you'll see them talking in many circles, not always in pairs. I saw different guys trying to separate some of these connected bodies... That's a rough situation to walk into unless your intentions are pure. There was also some dude with designer genes on, obviously purchased with "holes included".. haha..

Chachi was next. John Hope came back to rock with Chachi as well. All I know is… The vibe was strong the crowd was growing stronger. My unoccupied hands were in the air. What a great place to be and to have on Wednesday night. Both these cats rock with much passion and know their respective intentions. About this time I saw Mortal fuming near the merch table... Apparently Chachi is now the mayor of Rhode Island hip hop! An election needs to be scheduled I guess.

Poorly Drawn People were schedule last. Turns out dude with the germ free elbows and beads is Symmetry who hadn't rocked at AS220 the other night. Reason, Storm Davis, and Dox made their presence known like they do. I was wondering, does Reason have any eyes? I never see'em on stage. I did capture a photograph where he obviously looks directly out from under the brim of his cap... Dox would kinda chill at the corner of the stage and watch Symmetry and Reason do a couple tracks. I have a photo where he's obviously as impressed with their skill as I'm impressed with his ability to make beats.

Thank you, Randy Hein. We're in your debt. All the artists that got up portrayed this sentiment with much respect. Rhode Island hip hop is alive. With all this talent in every corner how can it not get better for everyone involved? Togetherness is key. You can't realize your potential without a gang of backup and support.

Post show there was parking lot building and bullshitting. There will be an election and my friend Eric D is a new fan of the scene. Sterby Rock and Al Bums were back behind the revolving track machines rotating all night. I saw Save1 back there as well. Mic Feen was in the crowd and Esh was at the merch table generally looking ill due to illness.

Peace to all the deliverers. R.I.P. Randy Hein.

by: Phil Mack