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Little Joy


Shot in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil on 8mm film, it looks to us like an indie sea side version of the Wonder Years title sequence. We must warn you it probably will make you want to quit your job and leave for California with only an acoustic guitar…

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Crafts For A Cause 10 February 2010 in Little Joy

Little Joy’s Binki Shapiro is starting an auction to help Artists For Peace and Justice raise money for the Haiti Disaster.

So far Devendra Banhart, Cedric Bixler, Conor Oberst, Jenny Lewis, No Doubt, The Strokes, Norah Jones, Fleet Foxes, Regina Spektor, Vampire Weekend, Adam Green and Natalie Portman have all donated personalised items which will be auctioned off on Monday.

You can read more about the auction and see what the artist’s have donated over on Binki’s blog Crafts For A Cause.

Follow Binki on Twitter for the latest additions to the auction:

Little Joy announce American tour 1 September 2009 in Little Joy

Little Joy have announced an American tour for the fall.

Fab and co will also play a handful of dates with the wonderful songstress; Regina Spektor.

Little Joy play:

Friday 10th September – Kirby Ballroom, Duluth, Minnesota
Saturday 11th September – Myth, St. Paul, Minnesota – W/ Regina Spektor
Sunday 12th September – Chicago Theatre, Chicago, Illinois – W/ Regina Spektor
Tuesday 15th September – Michigan Theater, Ann Arbor, Michigan – W/ Regina Spektor
Wednesday 16h September – Sound Academy, Toronto, Ontario – W/ Regina Spektor
Thursday 17th September – Metropolis, Montreal, Quebec – W/ Regina Spektor
Sunday 20th September – Maxwell’s, Hoboken, New Jersey
Monday 21st September – House of Blues Boston, Boston, Massachusetts – W/ Regina Spektor
Tuesday 22nd September – Orpheum Theater, Boston, Massachusetts – W/ Regina Spektor
Friday 2nd October – Webster Hall, New York, New York

Video Justice 6 April 2009 in Little Joy

MTV are currently asking for viewers to vote for their new favourite video and we have one in the running….

So be a music video vigilante and dish out some cold hard justice here.


Little Joy is formed by Binki Shapiro, Rodrigo Amarante and Strokes member Fabrizio Moretti, three friends who dropped their routine at their respective hometowns to make a record in Los Angeles, California in 2007.

Through a chance encounter at a Portuguese festival in Lisbon, where both Amarante (Singer/Guitarist of Los Hermanos) and Moretti (drummer of The Strokes) had performed, the two chatted well through the night and into the morning by the side of the river, humoring the idea of working together on music that had no affiliation to their particular bands.

A year later, Amarante traveled to the United States to record with Devendra Banhart on his Smokey Rolls Down Thunder Canyon album. On the off hours of an arduous recording process, Amarante would meet with Moretti to discuss anything but music.

Binki Shapiro, musician and native of Los Angeles, was introduced to the pair through mutual acquaintances and became a fast friend, encouraging the two to focus on the music they had spoken of long before. Through the process of late night “show-and-tell” the three developed and arranged songs Moretti had begun and soon after started writing original music for the group as a band.

A couple of months later they all moved into a house in Echo Park to demo songs and soon after, with the help of producer Noah Georgeson, who had recorded Banhart’s album, they finished their self-titled debut, Little Joy, named after the cocktail lounge just down the street from their home.

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