Karl Ernest

Community Outraged Over ‘Silent Night’ Lyric Change at Connecticut Elementary School

Don’t you just love drama that ends with everyone losing and looking stupid? This week in censorship, that was the case. After an elementary School music teacher secularized the lyrics to “Silent Night” for an upcoming […]

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RIFF’d: Coldplay’s ‘A Head Full of Dreams’

Coldplay continue to slowly U2 on A Head Full of Dreams. However, they also continue to predictably dabble in light plagiarism and all the latest Top 40 fads, so they are able to retain more relevance […]

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Op-Ed: The Intoxicating Irrelevance of PSY’s Return to Viral Form, ‘Daddy’

The man behind the “Gangnam Style” juggernaut is back. However, he’s been “back” before — there was 2013’s “Gentleman” and 2014’s Snoop Dogg-featuring “Hangover,” which have netted roughly 900 and 230-million and YouTube views. And that’s nothing compared […]

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Foo Fighters – ‘Saint Cecilia EP’

We’ve seen post-Nirvana Dave Grohl (and by extension, Foo Fighters) transform from scrappy underdog living in Cobain’s shadow to perennial chart-topper to predictable institution (and, some might argue, anti-change codger at times). Adding to his lovable rock […]

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Op-Ed: As a German Singer Gets Cut From Eurovision, the Controversial Lyric Debate Gets Murkier

First of all, let’s just bask in the absolute glory that is this name Xavier Naidoo. Apparently he’s a hotshot German R&B singer who happens to throw some pretty intense lyrical Nazism into his tunes. Unsurprisingly, his […]

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Black Moth Super Rainbow – ‘SeeFu Lilac’

If you’re reading this, chances are you already know what Black Moth Super Rainbow (BMSR) is all about — psychedelic, neon live-tronic indie beats at hip-hop tempos propped up with buzz-saw synths and trippy, vocoder […]

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Listing: Adele’s Gonna Adele on ’25’

Pop audiences’ feverish anticipation has come to a frothing point: Adele has not only released perhaps the most covered and remixed single of the year, but 25 has now leaked. It’s, exactly, what you’d expect, really […]

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Op-Ed: Misogyny’s Probably Not We Why Collectively Hate Nickelback

Everyone has at least one artist they absolutely loathe, just as much as they have artists they adore. Many artists, at least at some point in their peak years, attract equal parts devotees and detractors. […]

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Listing: 5 Weirdo Stonerisms from Kurt Cobain’s ‘Montage of Heck: The Home Recordings’

Let’s face it: our posthumous Kurt Cobain voyeurism is creepy. It’s also weirdly more sustainable than it should be. The Montage of Heck film’s release marks 21 years since his death, and this fact might […]

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Artist Behind One of the Most Sampled Tracks of All Time Finally Gets Paid (Sort Of)

It may be about nine years too late and millions of dollars too short, but it’s something. One of the most sampled drum grooves of all time, the “Amen Break” from The Winstons’ “Amen Brother,” finally […]

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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.