Karl Ernest

Pity Sex – ‘White Hot Moon’

Pity Sex’s appeal is a specific, distinct one. Feast of Love reminded that “shoegaze” is always only a couple steps away from wallowing “navelgaze,” and White Hot Moon continues down that path. Added to the […]

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Bob Dylan – ‘Fallen Angels’

Bob Dylan’s cover albums are starting to run together. With winery residencies populating his tour schedule (gigs which will presumably sell out), it’s a sensible route to take. His grand political statements, controversial  instrumentation changes, […]

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RIFF’d: Radiohead’s ‘A Moon Shaped Pool’

Radiohead’s never made a dud, but it’s still been tough for them to truly keep our attention since the groundbreaking Kid A. Over time, pairing the seriousness of Thom Yorke’s sarcastic social commentary and harsh, […]

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Rufus Wainwright – ‘Take All My Loves: 9 Shakespeare Sonnets’

For Take All My Loves…, Rufus Wainwright has mostly ditched the “pop” in “popera.” He’s been known for opera-esque piano-driven pop that is at once aloof and sentimental, but this is his take at pure […]

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Sturgill Simpson – ‘A Sailor’s Guide to Earth’

Sturgill Simpson’s Metamodern Sounds in Country Music gave him a rep as the “way out of mainstream country formulas, of Americana’s staid streak, [and] of indie rock’s occasional preciousness.” He did it by mixing in […]

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The Lumineers – ‘Cleopatra’

Genericana alums are in their sophomore sink-or-swim moment — there was The Head and the Heart’s Let’s Be Still, Edward Sharpe’s self-titled (which was technically their third album, but it’s a sophomore follow-up to their […]

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Margo Price – ‘Midwest Farmer’s Daughter’

Margo Price is conductor of the alt-country hype train right now. Coming off well-received showcases at SXSW and Conan O’Brien, billed as “country’s next star,” and headed for an SNL debut, she’s hitting a huge […]

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Weezer – ‘Weezer’ (The White Album)

2014’s Everything Will Be Alright at the End was to be a return to form for Weezer. It certainly went out of its way to lyrically address the band’s several-album critical decline with countless winking references. […]

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Damien Jurado – ‘Visions of Us on the Land’

Damien Jurado’s Visions of Us on the Land is a great example of a recent trend for singer-songwriters who established themselves in the late-90s to mid-aughts with sincerity, wit and an understated, acoustic-driven indie delivery, […]

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Beer Company Invents New Screen For You to Stare at Instead of Bands

In the latest of screen technology advancements, Brazilian beer company Brahma introduced a beer cup called the “Copokê,” (Portuguese play on words for karaoke and cup) that flashes the lyrics of whatever band you happen to be […]

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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.