Posted in music | tour dates on September 23, 2008

Little Joy
Little Joy

Rough Trade Records is pleased to announce the forthcoming release from Little Joy. The band's self-titled debut will be released on November 4, 2008.

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

Previous to the album's release the band will play select dates with Banhart's band Megapuss. A headlining tour is in the works for November and December. [PR]


One of those non-Megapuss, Little Joy headlining dates is at Mercury Lounge in NYC on November 13th. Tickets are on sale Wed at noon.

The Megapuss album, Surfing, "is being released by Vapor Records in physical formats October 7 and [was] digitally September 16." Listen to Megapuss at MySpace. Listen to Little Joy at MySpace. All known tour dates below...

Little Joy - 2008 Tour Dates
9/24 - San Diego, CA - Casbah *
9/25 - Los Angeles, CA - Troubadour *
9/26 and 27 - Big Sur (festival in northern california) *
9/28 - San Francisco, CA - The Independent *
9/30 - Seattle, WA - Neumo's *
10/1 - Portland, OR - Doug Fir *
11/13 - NY, NY - Mercury Lounge
11/16 - Cambridge, MA - TT the Bear's

* w/ Megapuss (Devendra Banhart) & The Entrance Band



Comments (12)


Posted by Anonymous | September 23, 2008 5:38 PM


Posted by Anonymous | September 23, 2008 6:24 PM

This guy "Amarante" is from Brazil and he is one of the most pretensios son of a bitch I've ever met and he once trashed Joey Ramones(!) and the Ramones on a brazilian Tv show hosted by Joao Gordo from the lengendary hardcore brazilian band Os Ratos do Porão.João actually put them out of the stage and kick this guy ass(literally).His band (los Hermanos) sucks and he is an asshole. Too

Posted by Brazilian | September 23, 2008 10:23 PM

seriously, who cares about this shit?

Posted by Anonymous | September 23, 2008 10:57 PM

part of me is excited for new Strokes and Devendra related releases, part of me isn't.

Posted by Anonymous | September 23, 2008 11:56 PM


Posted by Anonymous | September 24, 2008 12:02 AM

that fella will not rest until he's shown us his genitals, huh?

no thanks, pal.

Posted by Anonymous | September 24, 2008 12:44 PM

devendra was cool but now he is a celebrity whore and a spoiled bobo.

Posted by Dimitri | September 24, 2008 4:30 PM

I hope D's got to do it in N's bung hole at least once. ATM ftw.

Posted by rise of the idiots | September 24, 2008 4:51 PM

My neighbor Sam and I just saw Little Joy, Megapuss, and The Entrance Band tonight at the Troubadour; Sold-out show! She did not enjoy their sound as much as I did, but we both had an amazing night. They named their band after a bar down the street from our block in Echo Park--Los Angeles.

Posted by | September 26, 2008 4:32 AM

That story about Amarante in a TV show is not true at all. And the guy is not an asshole at all, he probably didn't want to hear some bullshit coming from that boy up there.. or his girlfriend's in love with him or something.. anyway, little joy is pretty awesome. cheers!

Posted by Anonymous | October 6, 2008 11:35 PM

Joao Gordo an idiot and talentless as singer-turned TV presenter, your band is rubbish failed ...
He earns a living speaking ill of people who were doing well what he can not do.
Amarante is a good singer, a bit egocentric, but I am fan of him for the work. Los Hermanos is a band that captures the different styles and sounds of Brazil, for that reason I think the band is really good.
The Little Joy is good, but I prefer the bands separated ... The Strokes and Los Hermanos are better ...

Posted by LiveInRio | April 16, 2009 4:34 PM

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