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Big name for Little Joy

The Little Joy bar and lounge down on Sunset may have bummed out one hipster recently (the author of "There is no joy ..."). But the one-time down-low gay latino bar, hetero-hipster joint for years now, seems to have served inspiration to Fabrizio Moretti, of the major-label Strokes. Moretti and two friends recently formed a band called...Little Joy, in hommage to that little boite across the street from Meghna gas station. Little Joy's others are Binki Shapiro and Rodrigo Amarante, and their debut album was recorded in Echo Park.

There is a Devendra Banhart connection -- he lives in Echo Park, too. Press materials mention him, but don't say he participated in making Little Joy. Maybe he had a role in bringing the others to Echo Park (just as he is rumored to bring Natalie Portman visiting in her Prius).

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