Tis the season for awards giving, and Atlanta's all up in the 2006 PLUG Independent Music Awards. Part-time resident MF Doom is up for five nominations, including three for his DangerDoom project with former ATLien Danger Mouse. Athens band Of Montreal is nominated in the Music Video of the Year category for "Wraith Pinned to the Mist (And Other Games)." In the Independent Media categories, nominees include Criminal Records for Record Store of the Year, WRAS-FM (88.5) for College/Non-Commercial Radio Station of the Year, Chunklet for Zine of the Year, and Paste for Magazine of the Year. Did I miss anybody? Vote for your favorites at www.plugawards.com. The show takes place Feb. 2 in New York City.
Urban radio conglomerate Radio One held its first Dirty Awards on Nov. 28, handing out 34 awards to the best in Southern hip-hop. The disorganized ceremony had plenty of no-shows (Trina, Ludacris and T.I., where were you?). Those present to accept their awards included Paul Wall for Best Gold Grill and Young Jeezy for Best Dirty Collabo and Most Bootlegged CD. The highlight: D4L and the audience stepped together to "Betcha Can't Do It Like Me" and "Laffy Taffy."
In other news: Verbal intimidator the Subliminator hosts a CD release party for Recalibrated at the Earl Thurs., Dec. 1. Check the spoken-word musician's Web page at www.thesubliminator.com. ... MTV recently organized a photo shoot featuring over 50 of your favorite local rap personalities -- including Jermaine Dupri, T.I., Ludacris, the Aphilliates -- for an upcoming Atlanta episode of "My Block." The photo, "A Great Day in Atlanta," was modeled after Art Kane's classic "A Great Day in Harlem" photo featuring dozens of legendary jazz players. "My Block: Atlanta" airs Sun., Dec. 11 on MTV2. ... Finally Patti Kunkle, Little Five Points' reigning queen of Halloween, closed her beloved homage to esoterica and jam bands, IFO (Identified Flying Objects), Nov. 30. According to publicist Nancy Lewis-Pegel, declining sales and changing mores are the two major reasons for shuttering the 20-year-old storefront.