Local Vocals: Your Guide to Kick-Ass Karaoke
Local Vocals: Your Guide to Kick-Ass Karaoke is a one-issue topic zine created by Kari Tervo. It was published in California, U.S.A. in July 2017. It is 20 black-and-white digest-sized pages with a bright green cover.
Local Vocals is a karaoke how-to manual. Your host Kari-oke instructs the reader regarding karaoke dos and don'ts, how to pick a karaoke song, karaoke etiquette, and tips on a great karaoke performance. Types of karaoke singers and karaoke audience members are discussed in tongue-in-cheek descriptions, the pros and cons of bar karaoke vs. private karaoke are delineated, and ways to make your karaoke performance really stand out are revealed.
In September 2017, Nathan Penlington of Syndicated Zine Reviews wrote about Local Vocals, "If you're a karaoke regular, novice, or virgin, you'll get something of value from this fun, well observed, practical, and nicely produced zine."
In December 2017, Kathy Moseley wrote in Xerography Debt #42 that Local Vocals is a "helpful guide" that helps you to "get the most out of your karaoke experience." She writes, "Kari's zines are always fun, and this is no exception."
In December 2017, Liz Mason wrote in Xerography Debt #42 that Local Vocals should be "mandatory reading" on karaoke night.
In January 2018, Tricia Ramos of the venerable punk zine Razorcake said, "This zine cracked me up. . .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. . .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!"
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- Kari Tervo, P.O. Box 7831, Beverly Hills, CA 90212