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Little Joy

Little JoyAudio CD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)

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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 ... Read more in Amazon's Little Joy Store

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (November 4, 2008)
  • Original Release Date: 2008
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Rough Trade Us
  • ASIN: B001G53K4G
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #53,310 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Next Time Around
2. Shoulder to Shoulder
3. Play the Part
4. No Ones Better Sake
5. Unattainable
6. Brand New Start
7. Evaporar
8. How to Hang a Warhol
9. With Strangers
10. Don't Watch Me Dancing
11. Keep Me in Mind

Editorial Reviews

Little Joy is Rodrigo Amarante (Los Hermanos), Fabrizio Moretti (The Strokes), and Binki Shapiro - three friends who got together to demo songs and produce this self-titled debut, named after their corner bar. Produced by Noah Georgeson (Devandra Banhart).

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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A peculiar, but great little pop album! November 8, 2008
Format:Audio CD
Since the Strokes seem to be on hiatus at this time, it looks like their side projects will have to do for now, and this one by the Strokes drummer Fabrizio Moretti does it very well. No singing by him, but the other two members of the band (Rodrigo Amarante & Binki Shapiro) trade vocals throughout without overdoing it. The album itself is a mix of Velvet Underground (the Nico version), the Strokes (of course!) and some Brazilian and 70's pop to boot. Favorite tracks for me so far are "Don't Watch Me Dancing", which has a neat guitar break in the middle and reminds me of a cross between "Mr. Bojangles" and "The Girl From Ipanema", "Keep Me in Mind" which is very Strokes-like, and "Next Time Around", which has a bright, sunny pop touch. The rest of the tracks are no slouches either and will grow on you after a few listens. This album is short and ends far too soon, but it has more meat on its bones than many bloated 70 minute plus opuses that are out there. Recommended for fans of the Strokes, the mellower side of Velvet Underground, and anyone who likes good pop-rock that is a bit off-center.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Pleasant change of pace December 19, 2008
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Being a former Strokes fan and an ongoing Los Hermanos fan, I was pretty pleased to hear that Rodrigo Amarante and Fab Moretti got together to create this side project.

No One's Better Sake and Keep Me In Mind have a Strokes raw sound where the slower folky songs take on the lazy vocals of Rodrigo Amarante and Binki Shapiro. It's very nice to see more Brazilian artists coming out into the indie-folk scene and putting out great albums. I hope Little Joy gets together for a few more takes and wish they would tour out this way.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Solid Album December 14, 2008
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Strokes drummer does not fail when taking up the lead on Little Joy. Great music for a relaxing day.

Best tracks: No One's Better Sake, How to Hang a Warhol, Keep Me in Mind, and Don't Watch Me Dancing
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4.0 out of 5 stars Splendid Debut September 8, 2009
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Nestled on the fabled Sunset Boulevard in sunny Los Angeles, a seemingly non-descript cocktail bar called Little Joy rests. To the casual observer, this bar may appear just like many other bars all over the country. However, one major difference exists between Little Joy and most local watering holes. This unassuming drinking establishment happens to have inspired the name of one of the best albums of 2008.

Little Joy's self-titled debut album, released November 4, 2008, is the brainchild of two established artists: Fabrizio Moretti and Rodrigo Amarante, of The Strokes and Los Hermanos, respectively. Moretti has already found a great deal of success in the music industry, as The Strokes were one of the leading bands in the garage rock renaissance of the early 2000s. So widespread was The Strokes' influence that in 2002 the Strokes' debut album became synonymous with New York rock.
So what would cause Moretti to distance himself from his bread-winning day job and embark on a solo project? Perhaps he was inspired by some of his fellow band mates. Albert Hammond Jr. and Nikolai Fraiture, both members of The Strokes, have released financially and critically successful solo albums in the years following The Strokes' last studio album.

The eleven-song album is a chance for Moretti to flex his musical prowess. Picking up guitar, background vocals, and occasionally even melodica duties, Moretti definitely proves he is more than a drummer. The third member of Little Joy, Binki Shapiro, has a very unique voice. All of the tracks featuring Binki on lead vocals are definitely highlights (See "Unattainable"). Her quiet, effortless style of singing is reminiscent of a bygone era of female vocalists.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Really solid album February 24, 2009
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This is a quite consistent album. It's like the Strokes if they went Tropical. It's got an organic, even retro vibe without being old fashioned. Really good harmonies and careful arrangements. They've got a very laid back feel, even when they rock out.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Consistent Album July 9, 2009
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Little Joy is the side band of Fabrizio Moretti (The Strokes), his girlfriend Bikini Shapiro and Rodrigo Amarante (Los Hermanos). Having met at a Portuguese festival in Lisbon where both had performed, Moretti and Amarante struck up a friendship and decided to pursue musical projects together. Taking the name of a cocktail lounge in Los Angeles, Little Joy was formed. With the guidance and production of Devendra Banhart, the result is a record that is both retro and somewhat futuristic. Little Joy is decidedly mellow with its bossa nova grooves.

While listening to this album I was continually reminded of the Bob Hope and Bing Crosby road movies, with Bikini Shapiro playing the foil between Moretti and Amarante. The album opens with "The Next Time Around" a Latin tinged campfire sing-along with dreamy three part harmonies. Oddly enough, the angular guitars riffs of The Strokes have been replaced by the jaunty rhythm of a ukulele on this track. "Brand New Start" is a breezy number that sounds like it could have played on the jukebox for the past thirty years.

Other highlights, "Unattainable" and "Don't Watch Me Dancing" feature the coy lead vocals of Bikini Shapiro. Backed by a spare guitar and harmony vocals this recording sounds like it could have been a rarity from the early 1950's. "With Strangers" follows suit, and seems to be an answer to the lyric that "Unattainable" posed. The first single, "Keep Me In Mind" and "How To Hang A Warhol" finds the group reverting to lo-fi vocals and pointed rhythms reminiscent of The Strokes. By the time closer "Evaporar" comes around, you'll want to hear the album again.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Published 1 month ago by Jorge portales
5.0 out of 5 stars Positively my favorite album of all time
After discovering this about a year ago via the musical paradise that is Spotify, I have come to love every single song in this album. Read more
Published 7 months ago by SquidHandbag
4.0 out of 5 stars Reminded me of summer at the beaches in Southern California
Imagine if The Strokes took a time machine back to the 60s, had a baby with California beach culture, and released a beautiful album that just feels perfectly sunny. Read more
Published 10 months ago by barmarama
5.0 out of 5 stars Such a great summer album!
I love this band. It's such a shame Binki Sharpiro won't be joining this fabulous duo again. Great for any fan of The Strokes headed to the beach.
Published 12 months ago by Derek Dill
5.0 out of 5 stars absolutely timeless
This album only disappoints by knowing that the group was only a one-off band. Start to finish, perfection. Highly recommended.
Published 15 months ago by Cody J
5.0 out of 5 stars Incredible
Little Joy's music came to me by chance while I was making my way through the related artists on Spotify of some bands I was listening to at the time. Read more
Published 15 months ago by Thom Hobbes
5.0 out of 5 stars One of my favorite one-offs.
Little Joy trumps any Strokes album I've ever heard. It has such a warmth that makes me happy every time I listen to it, and the songwriting is really first class. Read more
Published 21 months ago by Spiffamafied
5.0 out of 5 stars fantastic
It's a great band! I'd wanna keep this vinyl cause they're not making another cd, unfortunately, so it's the only one we'll have. And it's really amazing.
Published on May 29, 2012 by Ourocard International
5.0 out of 5 stars Sounds of Summer
I have never listened to the strokes. But after listening to this C.D I intend to as soon as possible.

I really, really love this C.D! Read more
Published on March 19, 2010 by Rachel
5.0 out of 5 stars Summertime
This album provides the back-drop to a chillaxin' and cool summer with your favorite people. Good for folks who miss The Stokes and are a little older now.
Published on July 22, 2009 by Nancy Ng
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