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Best of Atlanta 2007 Index

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2007 Index of Winners

Best Local Label BOA Award Winner

Rob's House Records

Best Local New Music Act BOA Award Winner

The Coathangers
THE COATHANGERS understand the raw power of simplicity. In less than a year, these all-female Atlanta post-punks have carved a striking path through the local music scene, leaving boisterous lovers and haters in their wake. The group plays spun-out punk and no-wave pep-rally anthems that are formidable,more...

THE COATHANGERS understand the raw power of simplicity. In less than a year, these all-female Atlanta post-punks have carved a striking path through the local music scene, leaving boisterous lovers and haters in their wake. The group plays spun-out punk and no-wave pep-rally anthems that are formidable, aggressive and charmingly naive. At any time there are at least a dozen upcoming shows posted on the group’s Myspace page, and its performances are never less than explosive. The Coathangers work hard and play hard. And having fun while playing music is the bottom line. If you’re offended by such signature (and juvenile) songs as “Nestle in My Boobies” and “Shut the Fuck Up,” then maybe it’s time for you to lighten up.


www.myspace.com/fuckthecoathangers

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Best Local New Music Act BOA Award Winner

Crazy Anglos

Best Local Overall Music Act BOA Award Winner

Deerhunter
It’s no surprise that 2007 is the year DEERHUNTER blew up. After all the attention the group received from sharing stages with the Liars, the Yeah Yeah Yeahs and the Smashing Pumpkins over the last two years, it was inevitable. Deerhunter is a sneering local art-rock band with more talent, ambitionmore...

It’s no surprise that 2007 is the year DEERHUNTER blew up. After all the attention the group received from sharing stages with the Liars, the Yeah Yeah Yeahs and the Smashing Pumpkins over the last two years, it was inevitable. Deerhunter is a sneering local art-rock band with more talent, ambition and adventurous ideas than the Perimeter could contain. Where there was once erratic experimentation, primordial noise and lo-fi pop sensibilities, there is now order in the group’s songs — albeit the avant-garde variety, swimming in overdriven tones and distortion. And as the harbinger of cool culture, PitchforkMedia.com, trips over its own tongue to report Deerhunter’s every move, the rest of the country and beyond has learned what we already know: This music is world-class.


www.myspace.com/deerhunter

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Best Local Singer/Songwriter BOA Award Winner

JuJu B. Solomon
Combine equal parts peace-punk intellect, street poet and world-weary traveler with an outsider complex, and you have JUJU B. SOLOMON: a post-Dylan songwriting enigma. To his friends he is Benjamin, but on stage “JuJu” takes over as his songs wander through a whimsical terrain of ennuimore...

Combine equal parts peace-punk intellect, street poet and world-weary traveler with an outsider complex, and you have JUJU B. SOLOMON: a post-Dylan songwriting enigma. To his friends he is Benjamin, but on stage “JuJu” takes over as his songs wander through a whimsical terrain of ennui and sexual discovery tamed only by a unique sense of humor. His rich tales reveal much about his personality; in “The Only American in Coimbatore,” he combs through the intimate and emotional exploits of an American making sense of the peculiar ways of social life in India. His songs bend the boundaries of comfort, but that’s what makes them so alluring.


www.myspace.com/jujubsolomon

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Best Music Video Shot in Atlanta BOA Award Winner

Mastodon's "Colony of Birchmen"
The music video for MASTODON’S “COLONY OF BIRCHMEN,” a single from its acclaimed Blood Mountain CD, shows malicious Yeti-like creatures traipsing through forests while the quartet performs in front of a trickling waterfall. As the band howls and swings its instruments, deepmore...
The music video for MASTODON’S “COLONY OF BIRCHMEN,” a single from its acclaimed Blood Mountain CD, shows malicious Yeti-like creatures traipsing through forests while the quartet performs in front of a trickling waterfall. As the band howls and swings its instruments, deep primary colors frame its image. Near the end of the clip, a series of animations appear: wolves decapitating each other and a mountain melting into a pool of blood. “Colony of Birchmen” was partly shot in Stone Mountain, and the band’s performance scene was filmed in a cove at Ruby Falls in Chattanooga. But the sum of its images is more interesting than most Atlanta rap videos with their litany of whips and chicks. less...

Best Place to Hear Local Music BOA Award Winner

Moving out doesn’t always mean moving up, and LENNY’S proves that even with a newer and bigger location, it can still proudly call itself the “CBGB’S of Atlanta.” Despite the new location, the floor is still scuffed and dirty, the music is loud, and the PBRmore...
Moving out doesn’t always mean moving up, and LENNY’S proves that even with a newer and bigger location, it can still proudly call itself the “CBGB’S of Atlanta.” Despite the new location, the floor is still scuffed and dirty, the music is loud, and the PBR is always flowing. The rock ’n’ roll venue has doggedly stuck to a slate of local bands, from new prospects to such local kingpins as the Carbonas and Brass Castle. And it always kicks off the weekend with the raucous and drunken Trashed Friday night dance party. Now settled into its bigger building, Lenny’s crowd has the room to do what it does best — get drunk, loud and rowdy. less...

Best Rock Club BOA Award Winner

For starters, THE EARL boasts $2.50 tall boys and friggin’ amazing sweet-potato fries. And unlike many beautiful dives, the sound here is stellar since being improved by knowledgeable knob guy Curt Wells. In the past year, the club hosted stellar performances from the Mighty Hannibal (backedmore...
For starters, THE EARL boasts $2.50 tall boys and friggin’ amazing sweet-potato fries. And unlike many beautiful dives, the sound here is stellar since being improved by knowledgeable knob guy Curt Wells. In the past year, the club hosted stellar performances from the Mighty Hannibal (backed by the Black Lips), Mission of Burma, the Fiery Furnaces and the National. Show booker Patrick Hill keeps things professional, while the crowd cuts loose. It’s the perfect blend of rock ’n’ roll. less...

Best Addition to the Skyline BOA Award Winner

1180 Peachtree

Best Country Radio Station BOA Award Winner

Kicks 101.5

Best Intown Park BOA Award Winner

Piedmont Park

Best Jogging Path BOA Award Winner

Freedom Park PATH

Best Local Hero BOA Award Winner

Shirley Franklin

Best Local Hero BOA Award Winner

Baton Bob

Best Local Political Figure BOA Award Winner

Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle
In the midst of the cesspool of the Georgia Capitol is an island of relative sanity — the office of LT. GOV. CASEY CAGLE. When Gov. Sonny “Florida Land Boy” Perdue and House Speaker Glenn “Love Those Blond Lobbyists” Richardson tried to use $142 million inmore...
In the midst of the cesspool of the Georgia Capitol is an island of relative sanity — the office of LT. GOV. CASEY CAGLE. When Gov. Sonny “Florida Land Boy” Perdue and House Speaker Glenn “Love Those Blond Lobbyists” Richardson tried to use $142 million in surplus tax cash as a political football, it was Cagle who played the role of responsible adult by stopping them. Cagle has also put points on the board in other areas. Although he’s wholeheartedly GOP, he’s more like your granddaddy’s Republicans, a little snooty but willing to treat the other side with respect in a debate — and even to listen. In the reddest of red states, that’s the best we can hope for. less...

Best Local Political Figure BOA Award Winner

Shirley Franklin

Best Local Political Website BOA Award Winner

Peach Pundit
Political junkies are surprisingly nonpartisan when it comes to getting the latest scuttlebutt. You could have Ted Kennedy’s face tattooed across both ass cheeks and you’d still have to check PEACH PUNDIT several times a day to see what fresh dirt Erick Erickson and his crew of mostlymore...

Political junkies are surprisingly nonpartisan when it comes to getting the latest scuttlebutt. You could have Ted Kennedy’s face tattooed across both ass cheeks and you’d still have to check PEACH PUNDIT several times a day to see what fresh dirt Erick Erickson and his crew of mostly conservative busybodies and gossipmongers have dug up. You only have to open a blog thread to see that readers of all political stripes have entered the fray, resulting not only in lively debate, but a much more fruitful exchange of viewpoints than you get on single-blogger sites. PP’s stable of insiders also occasionally scoops the news wires and dailies, especially during the General Assembly. Simply put, if it involves politics in Georgia, someone’s talking about it — and you can, too — on Peach Pundit.


www.peachpundit.com

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Best Local Political Website BOA Award Winner

Neal Boortz's website

Best Local Troublemaker BOA Award Winner

Sgt. Michael Scott Kreher
It takes personal courage to challenge authority in the Atlanta Police Department. Former Deputy Chief Lou Arcangeli suffered retaliation when he went public with substantiated accusations that former Mayor Bill Campbell and Chief Beverly Harvard had manipulated crime statistics to make the city lookmore...

It takes personal courage to challenge authority in the Atlanta Police Department. Former Deputy Chief Lou Arcangeli suffered retaliation when he went public with substantiated accusations that former Mayor Bill Campbell and Chief Beverly Harvard had manipulated crime statistics to make the city look safer before the ’96 Olympics. In the last year SGT. MICHAEL SCOTT KREHER, president of the Atlanta chapter of the International Brotherhood of Police Officers union, and some of his colleagues have exposed the APD’s deepening morale problems, as well as revealed the city’s touted war on crime as a quota-driven exercise in meaningless statistics. Without Kreher, the public wouldn’t know much of what’s gone wrong with the APD. Chief Richard Pennington has responded by transferring Kreher and other union officials to graveyard shifts and lower-status jobs.


www.ibpolocal623.com

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Best Local TV or Newspaper Reporter BOA Award Winner

Monica Pearson

Best Local YouTube Video BOA Award Winner

Willy Terry story
A film by Dan Resnick

Best Neighborhood Festival BOA Award Winner

Inman Park Festival
To avoid the stifling heat of summer, Atlanta crams a full six months of outdoor civic togetherness into the three spring months. The festival season’s two biggies, Dogwood and Gay Pride at Piedmont Park, are justifiably well-regarded. But for those looking for a real neighborhoody festivalmore...
To avoid the stifling heat of summer, Atlanta crams a full six months of outdoor civic togetherness into the three spring months. The festival season’s two biggies, Dogwood and Gay Pride at Piedmont Park, are justifiably well-regarded. But for those looking for a real neighborhoody festival experience, the INMAN PARK FESTIVAL can’t be beat. Some of the event’s charm is just lucky geography — it’s fun to meander through the ’hood’s winding, shady streets. But the organizers deserve credit — by controlling the quality of the arts, entertainment and even the food, they’ve deftly grown it into a huge festival while avoiding corporate-carnival blandness. less...

Best Old Thing About Atlanta Made New Again BOA Award Winner

The Beltline
Just when it seemed Atlanta was as likely to issue free personal jet packs to every resident as it was to make progress on THE BELTLINE, the city worked behind the scenes to team with a group of private investors to buy the proposed 22-mile loop’s northeast quadrant from Gwinnett developer Waynemore...

Just when it seemed Atlanta was as likely to issue free personal jet packs to every resident as it was to make progress on THE BELTLINE, the city worked behind the scenes to team with a group of private investors to buy the proposed 22-mile loop’s northeast quadrant from Gwinnett developer Wayne Mason, who tried but failed to get approval for two huge condo towers on the Beltline overlooking Piedmont Park. Few details are known, but it appears Atlanta will get its transit right-of-way and parks, developers will get to put swank homes and retail on some of the city’s most desirable land, and Mason will make an eight-figure profit just for sitting on the land for three years.


www.beltline.org

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Best Person You Hate to Love BOA Award Winner

Neal Boortz

Best Person You Love to Hate BOA Award Winner

Neal Boortz

Best Place to Spot Celebrities BOA Award Winner

Lenox Square

Best Rock Radio Station BOA Award Winner

The collective knowledge of Pitchfork’s contributors is an invaluable tool for finding new and interesting rock; on the other hand, the mag is marred by bad writers who frequently confuse opacity with profundity. The rock programming at ALBUM 88, WRAS-FM (88.5) is Pitchfork’s encyclopedicmore...
The collective knowledge of Pitchfork’s contributors is an invaluable tool for finding new and interesting rock; on the other hand, the mag is marred by bad writers who frequently confuse opacity with profundity. The rock programming at ALBUM 88, WRAS-FM (88.5) is Pitchfork’s encyclopedic equal. Only, instead of writing about the music, Georgia State’s student-run station plays you the music. And instead of being pompous, the student DJs are smart people who play interesting music because they think you might like it. You won’t like all of it. But if you like discovering new rock, it’s your best bet, short of stealing cool people’s iPods. less...

Best Street Character Who’s Not Baton Bob BOA Award Winner

Willy Terry, aka Bicycle Shorts Man
With his paid gigs and his slick website, “street character” is no longer an apt title for Baton Bob. He’s a full-fledged local celeb now. For God’s sake, the man has a better Wikipedia entry than Creative Loafing does. Of Bob’s street-character colleagues,more...
With his paid gigs and his slick website, “street character” is no longer an apt title for Baton Bob. He’s a full-fledged local celeb now. For God’s sake, the man has a better Wikipedia entry than Creative Loafing does. Of Bob’s street-character colleagues, none is more notorious, long-lived or as apparently well-endowed as WILLY TERRY, AKA BICYCLE SHORTS MAN. For 16 years, he has stood at the intersection of Briarcliff and Ponce, greeting passers-by with a smile, a wave and a glimpse of what appears to be an enormous penis visible through tight bicycle shorts. He’ll probably never be Baton Bob-famous, but last year, Terry appeared in an online documentary short (filmed by an Emory student named Dan Resnick) viewed more than 60,000 times. He’s putting the tube back in YouTube. less...

Best Urban Radio Station BOA Award Winner

V-103, WVEE-FM 103.3
Personalities are the lifeblood of commercial stations. And V-103, WVEE-FM (103.3) has a killer lineup: Frank Ski, Wanda Smith and Miss Sophia (mornings), Porsche Foxx (midday), Ryan Cameron (afternoon drive), Greg Street (evenings) and Joyce Littel (late night). It’s not only the music (pop-hop/R&B)more...
Personalities are the lifeblood of commercial stations. And V-103, WVEE-FM (103.3) has a killer lineup: Frank Ski, Wanda Smith and Miss Sophia (mornings), Porsche Foxx (midday), Ryan Cameron (afternoon drive), Greg Street (evenings) and Joyce Littel (late night). It’s not only the music (pop-hop/R&B) their listeners tune in to hear; it’s also the hosts. More than those at any other station, V-103’s on-air personalities have worked to create a familial bond with their listeners that transcends their ’hood fame. less...

Best Urban Radio Station BOA Award Winner

95.5 The Beat

Best Beer Selection at a Liquor Store BOA Award Winner

Green's
Multiple metro Atlanta locations.

Best Caterer BOA Award Winner

Affairs to Remember

Best East Asian Food Market BOA Award Winner

Super H Mart

Best Electronic Store BOA Award Winner

Best Buy
Multiple metro Atlanta locations.

Best Excuse to Throw a Dinner Party BOA Award Winner

Covering 140,000 square feet of well-air-conditioned space, YOUR DEKALB FARMER’S MARKET isn’t a farmer’s market in the traditional sense. That is, it doesn’t carry goods that come solely from Georgia farmers — though it does have a ridiculously massive selectionmore...
Covering 140,000 square feet of well-air-conditioned space, YOUR DEKALB FARMER’S MARKET isn’t a farmer’s market in the traditional sense. That is, it doesn’t carry goods that come solely from Georgia farmers — though it does have a ridiculously massive selection of local and international produce, meats, seafood, cheeses, dry goods, wine and beer, and prepared foods, all at ridiculously low prices (even for the impressive selection of organic options). We recently found sushi-grade tuna for $10.99 per pound, 89-cent heads of escarole and hearty bundles of herbs for about a buck each. That’s about half the price of most competitors. Putting these values to the test, we’ve found that it’s possible to throw a four-course, 10-person dinner party for around $100. Why would you ever grocery-shop anywhere else? less...

Best Furniture on a Budget BOA Award Winner

Ikea Furniture

Best Gamers Shop BOA Award Winner

Game Stop
Multiple metro Atlanta locations.

 

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