Karl Ernest

Charli XCX - 'Sucker' album art (wikipedia.org)

Charli XCX – ‘Sucker’

The token response to any garbage, over-played, lowest common denominator pop juggernaut is always “but it’s so catchy!” as if its similarity to Ebola is somehow a selling point. Then we tear it down in […]

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The Smashing Pumpkins - 'Monuments to an Elegy' album cover from Wikipedia.org

The Smashing Pumpkins – ‘Monuments to an Elegy’

The Smashing Pumpkins‘Billy Corgan has been around for forever – with a career that spawned several legendary classics, and also veered into a slew of WTF moments. With all those highs and lows, we’ve all […]

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AC/DC - 'Rock or Bust' album art, from Wikipedia.org

AC/DC – ‘Rock of Bust’

Outside of the boys’ headline-grabbing current events – the highly rock-and-roll antics of meth possession and hitman-hiring, or the sadder, real-life issues of dementia – you know what you’re going to get with AC/DC. Namely, […]

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Ariel Pink - 'pom pom' album art

Ariel Pink – ‘pom pom’

Ariel Pink’s infamy, once due to live-show tantrums, has lately centered around PR feuds with Grimes and Madonna. On a related side note, can we stop calling every piece of criticism a female singer receives bigoted misogyny? Sometimes […]

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RIFF’d: Foo Fighters’ ‘Sonic Highways’

Foo Fighters might be the modern era’s Rolling Stones. Their near two-decades nonstop commercial success makes them as close to an institutional dynasty as any rock band we’ve got. Red Hot Chili Peppers come close, […]

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RIFF’d: Damien Rice’s ‘My Favourite Faded Fantasy’

Damien Rice has been gone quite some time. Even when he was around, he never hit the household-name status of his contemporaries, but like every respectable singer-songwriter, all it takes is a big breakup to […]

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Thurston Moore - 'The Best Day' album art

Thurston Moore – ‘The Best Day’

As mentioned already on NPR’s First Listen, The Best Day is really the first time Sonic Youth mastermind Thurston Moore’s addressed his band-splitting, 27-year-marriage-ending divorce. You know, the one that triggered an onslaught of Jezebel-endorsed, […]

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Streetside: Melvins at the Showbox in Seattle; October 18, 2014

Melvins are one of the best sludge-stoner metal bands of all time and arguably the first. Of course, that’s not exactly the most lucrative genre, unless you speed it up to midtempo radio format, slap […]

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Listing: 5 Stereotypical ’60s-isms from Foxygen’s ‘…And Star Power’

Foxygen have made a name for themselves with a clever portmanteau moniker and a hefty dose of 60s nostalgia. However, there’s not a lot more to their style, which seems to trigger over-compensation with superfluous, extended noise […]

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RIFF’d: Weezer’s ‘Everything Will Be Alright in the End’

In college, while discussing music with some new friend-quaintances, one of them dared to blurt out “Weezer sucks.” While I was quick to pounce on this blasphemy and defend indie-emo’s founding older brothers, he was […]

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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.