Karl Ernest

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The Julie Ruin – ‘Hit Reset’

Kathleen Hanna, the former Bikini Kill and Le Tigre Riot Grrrl icon, built The Julie Ruin out of lo-fi demos in 2010 that had origins way back in 1998. She had left Le Tigre for […]

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RIFF’d: Blink-182’s ‘California’

Tom DeLonge has left Blink-182 and Alkaline Trio‘s Matt Skiba has filled the vacancy. Are you pumped? Saddened? Intrigued? Well, Blink’s new DeLonge-less record California is still pretty boilerplate pop-punk, but the change is still exciting. […]

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RIFF’d: The Avett Brothers’ ‘True Sadness’

For The Avett Brothers ninth record, they again enlisted the polarizing but eclectic super producer Rick Rubin. They stick to fairly straightforward subject matter, from spirituals to breakups, coming to grips with death to boozy […]

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Mike Huckabee Owes Survivor $25k for ‘Eye of the Tiger’ Use at Kim Davis Rally

Dozens of high profile, mostly republican politicians have used pop classics on the campaign trail without the composer’s consent. Usually, it’s a jingoistic warmonger obliviously using a track that denounces ‘Murican violence. I.e. most recently, […]

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Tom DeLonge’s Been Alien-Crazy Long Before Quitting Blink to Study Them

Blink-182 swapped guitarists recently in the most immature, dramatic fashion possible, Alkaline Trio‘s Matt Skiba filling in for the forever face of the band, Tom DeLonge, who is citing he’d rather investigate aliens. Blink is […]

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STREETSIDE: METZ Shred Seattle’s Barboza; June 17, 2016

Ever since Metz released II and we RIFF’d it here, I’ve been a huge fan and made no secret of it. They’re also relatively big with the rest of Seattle, which is unsurprising as the band […]

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RIFF’d: Red Hot Chili Peppers’ ‘The Getaway’

Through 10 albums, 30 years, and the process of losing John Frusciante twice, RHCP has gradually morphed from at least semi-dangerous, sex-funk rap-rockers that borrowed plentifully from Faith no More to a Californicated punchline. Even Stadium Arcadium apologists […]

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Diarrhea Planet – ‘Turn to Gold’

Besides their cheeky name, Diarrhea Planet’s defining characteristic might be that their scream-along anthems are propelled by four guitars. Their third record, Turn to Gold, is their self-proclaimed maturation, “[their] Back in Black.” That’ll of course […]

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Holy Fuck – ‘Congrats’

I never thought I’d get the pleasure of reviewing Holy Fuck. They’ve always been mostly instrumental — like a slightly more accessible and indie/hippie-friendly Battles — which makes them not the type to get the lyrics-site […]

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Listing: 5 Addictive Lyrics from The Kills’ ‘Ash & Ice’

The Kills’ latest record Ash & Ice is a somewhat hit-or-miss affair of stripped down, electro-blues post-punk. That said, the lyrical approach is consistent: love, lust, and all other interpersonal compulsions are told through addiction […]

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About Karl Ernest

Karl is a Seattle-based musician and writer at SONGLYRICS; a veteran of both east and west-coast scenes, he has performed with the likes of The Ying Yang Twins, David Arquette, Wynton Marsalis, among others. But he's no stranger to seedy dives or house shows, either.