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Best of Eugene 2006-2007

sex, drugs & rock 'n' roll

BEST LOCAL DJ

DJ Tekneek BEST LOCAL DJ

1. DJ Tekneek

2. tie: The Audio Schizophrenic

   Jade Bassix

3. DJ JIMBO

Referred to once as a "human metronome" for his uncanny understanding of rhythm, DJ Tekneek is arguably one of the most ubiquitous figures of the local nightlife, spinning the soundtracks to our late-night booty-shaking romps with a mix of old-school and new-school hip hop. Although he represents for hip hop in weekly Reggae vs. Hip Hop DJ duels at John Henry's, Tekneek is a fixture at Taboo where he hosts (among other things) Tuesday night's Cypher Room where the cream of the crop in local MCs, breakdancers and B-boys bless the open mic to Tekneek's instrumentals.

 

BEST LOCAL BLUES PERFORMER/BAND

1. Deb Cleveland

2. Eagle Park Slim

3. Jerry Zybach and the StageHogs

 

BEST LOCAL FOLK PERFORMER/SINGER-SONGWRITER

1. Laura Kemp

2. Mark Alan

3. Halie Loren

 

BEST LOCAL HIP HOP ENSEMBLE

Animal Farm BEST LOCAL HIP HOP ENSEMBLE (not pictured: DJ Strategy)

1. Animal Farm

2. Genus Pro

3. The Reward System

Although Animal Farm is a name that seems to have only recently taken over the local hip hop circuit, the crew of familiar faces has played together in various capacities for years. A combination of local favorites Money Shot, Soundproof and Cleveland Steamers, the members of each have joined forces to create a new supergroup of five good friends and like-minded individuals. The members of Animal Farm describe their sound as "True School Hip-Hop," a representation of the evolution of hip hop culture itself and not any particular city, neighborhood, region or ideology. As quirky and socially conscious as the Orwell book from which they got their name, Animal Farm also delights audiences with comic banter and positive messages about the local community. So why should you go see an Animal Farm show? As member Hanif Wondir puts it, "We are intelligent but groove at the same time. Plus we're damn sexy."

 

BEST LOCAL JAZZ BAND

1. Eleven Eyes

2. Reeble Jar

3. Mood Area 52

 

BEST LOCAL LATIN BAND

1. Caliente

2. Lo Nuestro

3. Tie: Los Mex Pistols del Norte

   Samba Ja

 

BEST LOCAL METAL/PUNK BAND

1. On the First Day … They Were Kittens

2. Tie: Northwest Royale

    Happy Bastards

3. The Ovulators

Eugene's favorite punk rock/metal band has been described as "heavy on the ear and eye candy," and we would have to agree. Intelligent, artsy, deliberate yet experimental, OTFDTWK delivers a brass-knuckled punch to the face of musical mediocrity. But don't lump them in with the senseless haters of the hard-core world; Mike Morrison, Jared Hill, Jason Hazlett, Jamie Hartley and Kendall Fox are the thinking person's punk band.

 

BEST LOCAL REGGAE/WORLD PERFORMER/BAND

1. Norma Fraser

2. I-Chele & the Circle of Light

3. Reeble Jar

 

BEST LOCAL ROCK BAND

Ingredients BEST LOCAL ROCK BAND

1. Ingredients

2. Complicated

3. Tie: Reeble Jar

   The Ovulators

Broody ensemble Ingredients recently kicked their career into high gear with the release of their first album, Bears Driving Trains. Their dark, edgy sound and quirky stage presence make them Eugene's favorite band, but there are no one-trick ponies here; Jon Timm, Carey Phelps, Ian Finneran and Bryan Wollen are budding movie-makers to boot (check out the trailer for Ingredients: The Movie on their web site, www.ingredientstheband.com).

 

BEST BAR

Sam Bond's Garage BEST BAR

1. Sam Bond's Garage

2. The Horsehead

3. Diablo's Downtown Lounge

Cozy atmosphere, delicious food, quality beer, outdoor seating and live music. What's not to love? Eugene's favorite watering hole has been a mainstay of the Whiteaker neighborhood for years, drawing an amazing array of both customers and musical acts. You can even win fabulous prizes from the talented Tom Heinl at Monday night bingo.

 

BEST BARTENDER

Joey Morales BEST BARTENDER

1. Joey Morales, Diablo's Downtown Lounge

2. Tie: Jeffrey Morgenthaler, El Vaquero

   Jeremy Shank, The Horsehead/   Jameson's

3. Tie: Jake Bliven, Sweet Basil

   Ty Connor, The Horsehead

A few blurbs from bartending's best.

First Bartending Gig: "Well, when I was a younger … like 10 or something, my uncle would have me get him beers and pour him delicious brandy and coke." Most Popular Drink You Make: "Hands down, it's the pimp juice. This drink will get you laid. A lot." Best Tip: "I've collected a couple of $100 tips, but the best tip is always a smile … that was cheesy." If Not Bartending, I'd Be: "On the beach in the Caribbean with a beer and a taco. Maybe a churro, too." Props to: "The entire staff at Diablo's kicks ass!"

 

BEST HANGOVER BREAKFAST

1. Brail's

2. The Glenwood

3. Keystone Café

 

BEST HAPPY HOUR

The Horsehead BEST HAPPY HOUR

1. The Horsehead

2. Good Times Café

3. Bel Ami Lounge

It's hard to argue with The Horsehead as best happy hour winner when you learn one basic thing: Happy "hour" at the downtown bar lasts 'til 9 pm ("super" happy hour is from 4 pm-5 pm). Add in the bar's new(ish) menu (fried pickles!) and old standbys (just try those nachos), the massive outdoor seating area (we can't wait until the bamboo grows in), strong drinks (if you haven't tried the "fresh and clean," you really ought to) and exceptionally well-selected music, and you've got a real winner. Oh, and they have pinball (and pool and darts). Though we kinda miss the Monster Bash game that was a little more forgiving with coughing up the balls that came off the plunger and went straight down the drain.

 

BEST HOUSE DRINK

1. Chili Margarita, Lava Lounge

2. Watermelon Squeeze, The Vintage

3. Richmond Gimlet, El Vaquero

The first time we tried a chili margarita was a day when our advisor was on a particularly mean and nasty grad school trip, and we will never forget what we owe that drink: our sanity, our happiness, our master's degree. And our free-verse poem:

chili margarita love

the pain

the sweetness

the salt

the trying not to pour it

directly into your mouth

so totally good

you never want any margarita not made

in the Lava Lounge

OK, so our degree isn't in poetry. To be succinct: yum.








 

BEST PLACE TO DO KARAOKE

1. Black Forest

2. Red Lion Inn

3. Diablo's Downtown Lounge

There's something odd about a bar where old ladies with flasks of whiskey in their bras sidle up to you while you stand outside the smoke-black windows, both irritated and intrigued that you can hear the sweet chorus of a Patsy Cline tune but can only see black forests of your own reflection, and the lady with the flasks and folders of notes spilling onto the sidewalk snarls you a warning, "Once you go in, you'll never come out." On second thought, there's nothing odd about that at all.

 

BEST LIVE MUSIC VENUE

WOW Hall BEST LIVE MUSIC VENUE

1. WOW Hall

2. McDonald Theatre

3. Sam Bond's Garage

For longer than some of our staff — and readers — have been alive, the WOW Hall has been hosting some of the best music in town. We remember Tori Amos before she got really famous, Death Cab for Cutie before they were playing huge festivals … and some other bands after they, well, stopped being so adored. In just the last year or two we've seen MC Chris throw Star Wars T-shirts into the lighting fixtures (by accident), Neko Case gracefully disarm hecklers and The Thermals inspire a few dozen fans to dance like the place was packed. And that barely begins to touch on the huge variety of shows that go on at the WOW, from local bands to comedians, folk to metal. We do have one request: Maybe some smaller bands could play shows in the bar? 'Cause that'd just be awesome. For those of us old enough to appreciate the bar, that is.

 

BEST PLACE TO SHAKE YOUR BOOTY

1. John Henry's

2. Diablo's Downtown Lounge

3. WOW Hall

 

BEST PICK-UP JOINT/MEAT MARKET

1. John Henry's

2. Taboo

3. Rock 'n' Rodeo

The slogan "Classy as Fuck" seems to encapsulate perfectly the spirit and atmosphere of John Henry's, a divey staple of Eugene nightlife. The drinks are as strong as they are cheap, two of the bar's 10 beer taps are devoted exclusively to the dispensation of Pabst Blue Ribbon, and on Sundays, tattooed barmaids take it (almost) all off for the Broadway Revue Burlesque and Variety Show. Located at the heart of downtown, John Henry's offers no-frills entertainment most nights of the week including '80s night, weekly reggae vs. hip hop DJ spin-offs and a variety of live music acts from Eugene and beyond.

 

BEST BARISTA

Dillon Turner BEST BARISTA

1. Dillon Turner, Midtown Coffee

2. Annie Jackson, Fast Lane Coffee Company

3. Mike Rutledge, Starbucks (7th Ave.)

 

BEST BEER ON TAP SELECTION

1. The Bier Stein

2. Good Times Café

3. Wetlands Brew Pub

 

BEST WINE SELECTION

1. The Broadway

2. Jiffy Market Wine & Deli

3. Tie: Ambrosia

   Sundance Wine Cellar

 

BEST BAR GAMES

1. Luckey's Club Cigar

2. Tie: The Horsehead

   Highlands Brew Pub

3. Wetlands Brew Pub

 

BEST SPOT FOROUTDOOR DRINKING

1. North Bank

2. The Horsehead

3. High St. Café

 

BEST ADULT ENTERTAINMENT

1. Silver Dollar Club

2. John Henry's Broadway Revue

3. Castle Super Store

 

BEST PUBLIC MAKE-OUT SPOT

1. Skinner Butte

2. Hendricks Park

3. Spencer Butte

The moon is full, and a controversial American flag waves overhead. The lights below twinkle gently as the city melts into a horizon interrupted by the dark shape of an opposing butte. The windows are steaming rapidly as you attempt to dislodge the emergency brake from your shoulder blade without unlocking lips with your lover. Suddenly, a light shines through the window … oh God, no! Please don't take me naked to my parents! Oh wait, I'm 31. The light goes out. "Go home, lovebirds. The park's closed."

 

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