Row Three Favorite Albums of 2016

You came here for movie opinion. Well, the movies wouldn’t be the movies without music (most of them). Believe it or not, a lot of us around here are bigger music nuts than we are about the flickers. In that regard 2016 was a pretty solid year. Of course with a damn near infinite ocean of tuneage our there, it’s hard to keep track of it all; even for the most obstinate of fans. There are one-off singles on Sound Cloud from all over the world. Extremely talented musicians trying to make their way on YouTube and even in 2016, the full studio album continues to sell and inspire like gangbusters.

Just as in the world of film, it was a particularly difficult year for celebrity deaths. Prince, Bowie and Cohen all left us this year, though not without leaving one last token of awesome for all of us to enjoy – the Bowie album in particular is seeing huge critical and fan praise. George Michael was unable to finish the big Wham! reunion that was in the works but we’ve still got a metric ton of material to pore over.

So while there were some definite low-lights this year, it is with much pleasure that Row Three presents all of our favorite music from the year. There was so much it was difficult to keep it to just ten albums in many cases. If you’re looking for something new to whet your ear’s appetite for resonance, I can all but guarantee you’ll find something great in the list of artists below…

Enjoy!


Scott Olson
Andrew James
Corey Pierce
Jim Laczkowski
Bob Turnbull

 

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Soundtrack Of Your Life #17 – Save The Last Dance

Ain’t nobody listenin’ to you but me..

Each episode, Corey Pierce welcomes a guest (or guests) onto the show who has chosen a compilation or soundtrack that speaks to a memorable era of their life. The soundtrack will play underneath and serves as a springboard to discussion about the music itself, how it works within the film, and what was going on with their life at the time of its release.

For episode 16, Corey finally welcomes self-described gaylord farquad film blogger, the ever fabulously foul-mouthed and never boring Paolo Kagaoan to discuss the late 90s/early 00s R&B-laced soundtrack to Save The Last Dance, as well as stories of arriving to inner-city Toronto as a gay immigrant. Nikki also is back to mostly listen in as we reminisce over wine and Easter cake.

Follow Corey Pierce on Twitter at – @coreypierceart
Follow Paolo Kagaoan on Twitter at @paolocase
Follow Soundtrack of Your Life on Twitter at @thisisyourOST

“The Prisoner” A microPodcast (vol. 5 – final)

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Kurt Halfyard & Nat Almirall swap their togas for khakis, jackets, the occasional blue turtleneck, and suave buttons to bring you another microcast, this time focusing on the celebrated, allegorical, and surreal 1967 series The Prisoner.

Conceived by the enigmatic Patrick McGoohan, “The Prisoner” follows a British ex-spy who ‘privately, personally, and by hand’ resigns his post only to be gassed and spirited to a bizarre Village, a place where all the other peculiar inhabitants are identified by numbers and overseen by an ominous, but ever revolving Number 2. As the spy, now renamed Number 6, seeks an escape, Number 2, ‘by hook or by crook,’ attempts to uncover the reason for Number 6’s resignation.

Join Numbers K & N as they break down each of the 17 episodes, unraveling the metaphors, tracking Number 6 on the Dickishness Behavior Scale, engaging in a bit of the ultra passive-aggressiveness, and lavishing praise on the monolithic Leo McKern.

What do the Cold War, Lewis Carroll, Gay Barry Goldwater, and Lava Lamps(tm) have in common? What is the best way to escape from being tied to a chair? How do you make a Village Iced Tea? And what is up with those umbrellas? Listen in, and then you will know everything…

ALL SEVENTEEN episodes are now available for streaming (see table of contents below) or in the RowThree podcast feed to send to whatever listening device you prefer:

 

“The Prisoner” microPodcast [Fall Out]

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Kurt Halfyard & Nat Almirall swap their togas for khakis, white piped jackets, the occasional blue turtleneck, and suave buttons to bring you another microcast, this time focusing on the celebrated, allegorical, and surreal 1967 series The Prisoner.

Conceived by the enigmatic Patrick McGoohan, “The Prisoner” follows a British ex-spy who ‘privately, personally, and by hand’ resigns his post only to be gassed and spirited to a bizarre Village, a place where all the other peculiar inhabitants are identified by numbers and overseen by an ominous, but ever revolving Number 2. As the spy, now renamed Number 6, seeks an escape, Number 2, ‘by hook or by crook,’ attempts to uncover the reason for Number 6’s resignation.

Join Numbers K & N as they break down each of the 17 episodes, unraveling the metaphors, tracking Number 6 on the Dickishness Behavior Scale, engaging in a bit of the ultra passive-aggressiveness, and lavishing praise on the monolithic Leo McKern.

What do the Cold War, Lewis Carroll, Gay Barry Goldwater, and Lava Lamps(tm) have in common? What is the best way to escape from being tied to a chair? How do you make a Village Iced Tea? And what is up with those umbrellas? Listen in, and then you will know everything…

ALL SEVENTEEN episodes are now available for streaming (see table of contents below) or in the RowThree podcast feed to send to whatever listening device you prefer:

 

“The Prisoner” microPodcast [Once Upon a Time]

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Kurt Halfyard & Nat Almirall swap their togas for khakis, white piped jackets, the occasional blue turtleneck, and suave buttons to bring you another microcast, this time focusing on the celebrated, allegorical, and surreal 1967 series The Prisoner.

Conceived by the enigmatic Patrick McGoohan, “The Prisoner” follows a British ex-spy who ‘privately, personally, and by hand’ resigns his post only to be gassed and spirited to a bizarre Village, a place where all the other peculiar inhabitants are identified by numbers and overseen by an ominous, but ever revolving Number 2. As the spy, now renamed Number 6, seeks an escape, Number 2, ‘by hook or by crook,’ attempts to uncover the reason for Number 6’s resignation.

Join Numbers K & N as they break down each of the 17 episodes, unraveling the metaphors, tracking Number 6 on the Dickishness Behavior Scale, engaging in a bit of the ultra passive-aggressiveness, and lavishing praise on the monolithic Leo McKern.

What do the Cold War, Lewis Carroll, Gay Barry Goldwater, and Lava Lamps(tm) have in common? What is the best way to escape from being tied to a chair? How do you make a Village Iced Tea? And what is up with those umbrellas? Listen in, and then you will know everything…

ALL SEVENTEEN episodes are now available for streaming (see table of contents below) or in the RowThree podcast feed to send to whatever listening device you prefer:

 

“The Prisoner” A microPodcast (vol. 4)

prisoner-03

 
Kurt Halfyard & Nat Almirall swap their togas for khakis, jackets, the occasional blue turtleneck, and suave buttons to bring you another microcast, this time focusing on the celebrated, allegorical, and surreal 1967 series The Prisoner.

Conceived by the enigmatic Patrick McGoohan, “The Prisoner” follows a British ex-spy who ‘privately, personally, and by hand’ resigns his post only to be gassed and spirited to a bizarre Village, a place where all the other peculiar inhabitants are identified by numbers and overseen by an ominous, but ever revolving Number 2. As the spy, now renamed Number 6, seeks an escape, Number 2, ‘by hook or by crook,’ attempts to uncover the reason for Number 6’s resignation.

Join Numbers K & N as they break down each of the 17 episodes, unraveling the metaphors, tracking Number 6 on the Dickishness Behavior Scale, engaging in a bit of the ultra passive-aggressiveness, and lavishing praise on the monolithic Leo McKern.

What do the Cold War, Lewis Carroll, Gay Barry Goldwater, and Lava Lamps(tm) have in common? What is the best way to escape from being tied to a chair? How do you make a Village Iced Tea? And what is up with those umbrellas? Listen in, and then you will know everything…

FIFTEEN episodes are now available for streaming (see table of contents below) or in the RowThree podcast feed to send to whatever listening device you prefer:

 

“The Prisoner” microPodcast [The Girl Who Was Death]

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Kurt Halfyard & Nat Almirall swap their togas for khakis, white piped jackets, the occasional blue turtleneck, and suave buttons to bring you another microcast, this time focusing on the celebrated, allegorical, and surreal 1967 series The Prisoner.

Conceived by the enigmatic Patrick McGoohan, “The Prisoner” follows a British ex-spy who ‘privately, personally, and by hand’ resigns his post only to be gassed and spirited to a bizarre Village, a place where all the other peculiar inhabitants are identified by numbers and overseen by an ominous, but ever revolving Number 2. As the spy, now renamed Number 6, seeks an escape, Number 2, ‘by hook or by crook,’ attempts to uncover the reason for Number 6’s resignation.

Join Numbers K & N as they break down each of the 17 episodes, unraveling the metaphors, tracking Number 6 on the Dickishness Behavior Scale, engaging in a bit of the ultra passive-aggressiveness, and lavishing praise on the monolithic Leo McKern.

What do the Cold War, Lewis Carroll, Gay Barry Goldwater, and Lava Lamps(tm) have in common? What is the best way to escape from being tied to a chair? How do you make a Village Iced Tea? And what is up with those umbrellas? Listen in, and then you will know everything…

FIFTEEN episodes are now available for streaming (see table of contents below) or in the RowThree podcast feed to send to whatever listening device you prefer: