Date: November 13th 2014

Piracy - Karaoke - Conviviality
Saturday, November 15
10pm until late

Some people don't really "get" karaoke. Like, why would one want to spend one's time doing THAT? Or, worse, just watching it? Life is short, these people say (all evidence to the contrary), and it's a big, wide world. Why hide yourself away in a basement, screaming at a wall, when there is so much else to do, to see?

But then there are those that can sing, that enjoy the singing aspect of it. And, yeah, singing is cool, but that is not, we think, really the crux of karaoke. And there are those that like a good train wreck. Because there are indeed karaoke train wrecks (pretty much any song by Yes, for instance) -- some of which are good (no, not the Yes). But train wrecks are maybe a bit too easy, are they not?

No, we think the joy of karaoke is kind of like when, during a meeting at work, you liken something to Keyboard Cat... and everyone understands. And it is not just satisfying because everybody knows Keyboard Cat (because of course they do), but because it actually makes sense in context. This thing you are talking about IS kind of haphazard, a bit fluffy. Maybe cute, but lacking depth. And, for that moment, you feel like you have accomplished something. Because, in this life, there are so few moments of true communal understanding. And, sure, it is silly, and ultimately meaningless, but without an occasional outburst of silly the world can all seem a bit soul crushing, can it not? And so there you are, humans, together for a brief moment -- in the same space physically, yes, but also, in a way, together spiritually. A little glow radiates out as you pat your hands on the conference table like paws.

This is what karaoke is: a radiating glow from tiny cat paws. Nothing much, perhaps, but also not nothing.

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What Is It?

Swap Meet is an aperiodic celebration of the cultural commons organized by The Royal Academy of Nuts + Bolts and Superbunker. We have a functionally-nonexistent music exchange, enthusiastically amateur karaoke, and an overall Betalevel open house with snacks and drinks for all.

What to Bring?

bring: your singin' voice and dancin' shoes (optional)
bring: some storage media and/or some music filez and/or your personal music device of choice (optional)
bring: drinks, snacks, or a kindly donation (optional)
bring: a defiant sense of joy in the face of our eroding cultural freedoms (required)

What to Sing?

We’re working on an overhaul of our song list -- adding new songs, but also trimming a lot of fat -- so looking at the outdated list isn't going to do you much good at this point. Just come and see what is available!

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Directions to Betalevel

1. Find yourself in front of "FULL HOUSE RESTAURANT"
located at 963 N. Hill Street in Chinatown, Los Angeles

2. Locate the narrow alley on the left hand side of Full House.

3. Walk about 20 feet down the alley (away from the street).

4. Stop.

5. Notice dumpster on your right hand side.

6. Take a right and continue down the alley.

7. Exercise caution so as not trip on the wobbly cement blocks underfoot

8. The entrance to Betalevel is located 10 yards down on left side,
behind a red door, down a black staircase.

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