Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Music: Little Joy + James Pants is consistently my favorite music blog. BrooklynVegan is great for hearing about shows you missed or shows you want to go to, but GvB is amazing for discovering that new shit you'll bop to for days and then forget about for that other other shit. I'd say almost everything I post comes directly from there, so if you don't check it out you're a squeezer.

Another band I came across on GvB, loaded on to the Ipod, and can't stop listening to is: Little Joy. Little Joy is Binki Shapiro, Rodrigo Amarante (Singer/Guitarist of Los Hermanos and Fabrizio Moretti (drummer of the Strokes). Moretti-dude dated Drew Barrymore for hella long but then they broke up because he wasn't feeling "the Hollywood stuff" and didn't "get her friends". Amarante and Moretti met at a festival in Lisbon and joked around about making a record. Amarante was in the states to record on Davendra Banhart's record and eventually the two, and Binki Shapiro, a mutual friend, moved into a home in Echo Park and started recording demos. The record is produced by Noah Georgeson, of Davendra Banhart's Smokey Rolls Down Thunder Canyon fame. The jawns:

No One's Better Sake (Via SendSpace:
Brand New Start (Via SendSpace:
Head over to their myspace page ( to hear a third song: With Strangers

The reason I really like GvB is the diversity of the music he posts on. He's got the indie game covered, but he also digs up old records from Africa and Eastern Europe, singer-songwriters, shit that's pretty twee, and is definitely on point with his rap game. I came across James Pants through Dap but sure enough, GvB was posting on dude while I was sleeping on him. (Head over there for the A-Trak/XXXChange remix of Ka$H and the original which are both great). Though James Pants isn't rap, he is on StonesThrow and Chris from GvB is a big fan of that label as is anyone that knows what's really good. Stones Throw is the home of Dilla, Madlib, Doom, James Pants, and Koushik who I posted on before. Like Koushik, James Pants is a music nerd who churns out awesome home-made shit. Though I posted it before, it was with 8 other videos and probably got overlooked; peep the video for We're Through. This is great.

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