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RIFF’d: Interpol’s ‘El Pintor’

El Pintor is as Interpol as they’ve ever been. Perhaps that’s why, given that they’d already done a self-titled, they went with an anagram of their band name for this record, their fifth. Banks is […]

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RIFF’d: Ty Segall’s ‘Manipulator’

Ty Segall‘s having his Bowie moment – complete with a new, messianic and androgynous look. Beyond the surface, he’s also combining the many musical hats he’s worn on previous records (like Bowie’s many eras), tapping […]

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Michael Cera – ‘True That’

The phrase ‘Michael Cera releases surprise solo album‘ drops anyone into a minefield of inevitable prejudices. We all fell in love with Superbad and Arrested Development-Cera, eventually got sick of one-trick pony mumble-core Cera in the […]

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RIFF’d: La Roux’s ‘Trouble in Paradise’

Trouble in Paradise is a straight-up 80s record. Not a ‘hipster 80′s-revivalism, but mixed with shoe gaze, indie rock something else’ record - just 80s synth pop. As a fan of the high, catchy-as-hell vocal lines of […]

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RIFF’d: Morrissey’s ‘World Peace is None of Your Business’

We can all accept that Morrissey is possibly modern history’s single best reincarnation of Narcissus. His dedicated fanbase even enjoys it. Recently, his self-absorbed vanity has aged like a fine wine into crotchety old curmudgeon territory, giving his hatred of everyone and […]

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RIFF’d: Sia’s ’1000 Forms of Fear’

Sia is an amazing artist. Her first big gig was as a backing vocalist for Jamiroquai, but she went on to create heart-wrenching ballads like “Breathe Me,” plus memorably gave Zero 7 a silky smooth […]

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RIP Death Grips

Death Grips accomplished more in four years than most artists do in a lifelong career. That might sound like hyperbole, but right out of the gate, the group formed by Hella‘s Zach Hill and his neighbor MC Ride (along […]

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Riff Raff – ‘Neon Icon’

It’s here, it’s here, it’s finally here! Riff Raff‘s Neon Icon has finally dropped, and it feels like opening presents on Christmas – if Christmas was postponed for over a year. The living reincarnated caricature of […]

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A Sunny Day in Glasgow – ‘Sea When Absent’

Love M83, particularly Dead Cities…, but not too into the extreme side of their ’80′s pop influence? Then you’d love Sea When Absent. It lacks a bit of sonic variety – every single track in this […]

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The Antlers – ‘Familiars’

The Antlers‘ third record, and first as a full band - Hospice – gambled and won big with lyricist Peter Silberman’s terminal-patient metaphor for his own dying relationship at the time. Sharon Van Etten also made appearances […]

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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.