LOCAL VOCALS: YOUR GUIDE TO KICK-ASS KARAOKE, $3, 5½” x 8½”, copied, 20 pgs.

Nov 22, 2017

Okay, this zine cracked me up. As someone who barely goes to karaoke (and mostly tries to avoid it), I have to give props to the writer for giving such a full description of karaoke singer types, audience member types, and how to properly enjoy and perform karaoke. Like the title of the zine indicates, this small book could be utilized by someone who has never done karaoke but has an interest in starting out, or it could be given to someone who’s a karaoke superstar for a laugh! I really appreciated the parts describing different kinds of singers, especially “The Rehearser,” which perfectly described my ex-boss who would play the same five tracks on our office computer, singing along all day for my eight hour shift, preparing herself for her weekly karaoke night. If you’re a karaoke lover, please don’t be like my ex-boss. Please don’t play Rihanna’s “Rude Boy” over and over every day for your employees to suffer hearing their boss sing/ask if a boy can “get it up.” Ugh, sorry about that. Maybe this zine triggered some karaoke nightmare flashbacks for me. –Tricia Ramos (PO Box 7831, Beverly Hills, CA 90212)