MAGNET’s Pennsylvania/California-based odd couple, editor/publisher Eric T. Miller and contributing editor Jud Cost, probably go to see more movies than any non-critic you know. Between the two of them, they must have a somewhat comprehensive history of film locked behind their bloodshot eyes, with Miller’s field of expertise covering the past 20 years and Cost’s in everything before that. Who better, on the morning of the Oscar nominations, to sort the wheat from the other whole grains when it comes to the best films of 2009? And speaking of the Oscars, check out Miller’s predictions from last year; he did pretty, pretty, pretty, pretty good.
MAGNET editor Eric T. Miller picks his favorite reissues and collections: the Stone Roses (pictured), Big Star, Radiohead, the Feelies, the Jesus Lizard, Nick Cave and more.
MAGNET’s Rome Clay picks his favorites of the year: Jason Isbell & The 400 Unit (pictured), Drive-By Truckers, the Avett Brothers, Neko Case, the Felice Brothers and more.
MAGNET’s Corey duBrowa picks his favorite electronic/dance albums of 2009: Raekwon (pictured), Phoenix, the Field, the xx, Maxwell, DOOM, Q-Tip and more.
MAGNET’s Matt Ryan files his year-end report, weighing in on the hits from the loud-rock end of the spectrum: Nirvana, Mastodon, Baroness (pictured), Doomriders, Alexisonfire, Goatwhore, Rancid and Nothington.