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Formation and beginnings (2006–2008)Edit

Rodrigo Amarante of Little Joy

Amarante and Moretti met in 2006, at a festival in Lisbon where both their bands were performing, and the idea came up to start a new musical project unrelated to their respective bands. In 2007, with Los Hermanos on hiatus "for an undetermined amount of time",[2] Amarante traveled to Los Angeles to collaborate with Devendra Banhart on his Smokey Rolls Down Thunder Canyon album. He and Moretti met during recording breaks and talked about "anything but music." Through mutual acquaintances, they met multi-instrumentalist Binki Shapiro, who encouraged the pair to work on a few songs Moretti had begun writing. The band then moved into a house in the Echo Park area of Los Angeles to write more original music and record some demos. The band was christened "Little Joy" after a cocktail lounge not far from their house.

Little Joy (2008–2010)Edit

Their eponymous debut album was recorded with the help of producer Noah Georgeson and engineer Beau Raymond, whom Amarante met during his sessions with Devendra Banhart. It was released by Rough Trade Records on November 4, 2008, and was hailed by Pitchfork Media as "one of the sweetest, most listenable, consistently enjoyable records of the season."[3] Their debut album was given four stars by Rolling Stone magazine and Nick Hornby[4] voted it his favourite album of 2008.

In popular cultureEdit

Binki Shapiro contributed, alongside Little Joy collaborator Devendra Banhart, to Beck's second Record Club covers album, Songs of Leonard Cohen,[5] as well as previously appearing in many of the music videos released from his album The Information, released in October 2006.

"The Next Time Around" was used in a television commercial for the Volkswagen Passat, while "Keep Me in Mind" was used in season one, episode twenty ("The G-Word") of the NBC comedy series Whitney. "Don’t Watch Me Dancing" was used in the film The Age of Adaline.

Band membersEdit

Little JoyEdit

Live bandEdit

Little JoyEdit

Backing bandEdit

  • Todd Dahlhoff – bass, vocals (2008–2010)
  • Matt Romano – drums, percussion (2008–2010)
  • Matt Borg – guitar, vocals (2008–2010)
  • Michael Ian Cummings – guitar, vocals (2008–2010)
  • Noah Georgeson – guitar, vocals (2008–2010)



  1. ^ Christopher, James (2008-10-30). "Little Joy". AllMusic. Retrieved 2012-04-01.
  2. ^ Globo. "Los Hermanos anuncia hiato por tempo indeterminado" (in Portuguese). Retrieved 2008-12-03.
  3. ^ "Little Joy: Little Joy | Album Reviews". Pitchfork. 2008-11-07. Retrieved 2012-04-01.
  4. ^ "Little Joy". Retrieved 2012-04-01.
  5. ^ Lindsay, Andrew. "Beck, MGMT & Banhart cover Leonard Cohen". Archived from the original on 2010-01-10. Retrieved 2012-04-01.

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