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Some things just aren't very fair. You're probably pasted to your computer monitor, sneaking peaks of Baeble when you have a free moment from the piles of work arriving at your desk. And we're throwing painfully classic images of fun in the Brazilian sun at you...though we're blaming Little Joy, of course. After all, they could have made some dour kind of video for "Next Time Around". Dour's usually cool. And maybe it would have created an interesting audio/visual dichotomy. Instead Binki, Fabrizio, and Rodrigo go pound for pound with their music's sultry vibe, tooling 'round Rio in a bright orange VW Bug, popping tops off cold cans of cerveja, jamming by the sea side, and stealing rides up Sugarloaf Mountain. Best. Time. Ever. - David Pitz

Artist Bio

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

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 Banharts album, they finished their self-titled debut, Little Joy, named after the cocktail lounge just down the street from their home.

Little Joy is to be released worldwide by Rough Trade Records, a division of The Beggars Group, on & around Nov. 4th, 2008.

Source: Artist Facebook Page

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Little Joy

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