MP3 of the Day: Little Joy

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(photo by Autumn de Wilde)

Who needs the Strokes anymore, really. It seems that band's members are much better off musically putting their skills into new projects, from guitarist Albert Hammond Jr.'s two solo albums to this new act Little Joy, with drummer Fabrizio Moretti, his girlfriend Binki Shapiro, and his buddy Rodrigo Amarante. Little Joy has the trio trading off on instruments on their eponymous debut record. The disc was produced by Nevada City's Noah Georgeson (who also works with Devendra Banhart) and Amarante guested on Banhart's last record, but the tie-ins don't stop there. Banhart's sweet Latin lullabyes have their parallel in Little Joy's bubbly ditties. But there's also a little bit of the Strokes' downtown cool in place as well -- just check out "Keep Me In Mind," which could easily be an Is This It outtake. On the flip side, tracks like "Brand New Start," contain a breezy ease and crushed out hope all their own. Little Joy is quickly becoming one of my favorite records of 2008--it's out for the masses to snatch on Election Day. -- Jennifer Maerz

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