Musicians and Celebs Help Crafts for a Cause Raises Money for Haiti

Binki Shapiro of Little Joy has gotten a TON of top-notch musicians, artists, and celebrities to contribute custom made artwork and items for her Crafts for a Cause auction. All proceeds will be donated to Artists for Peace and Justice, a charitable organization started by filmmaker Paul Haggis.

The online auction will begin on March 15th, but for now you can check on Binki’s Tumblr blog for the event which features teaser shots of some of the goods that will be for sale. Contributers are a who’s who of popular indie rock and mainstream musicians (Daft Punk, The Strokes, Norah Jones, No Doubt, Conor Oberst, Jenny Lewis, Shirley Manson of Garbage, Mark Ronson, Adam Green, SIA, Grizzly Bear, Vampire Weekend, Fleet Foxes, just to name a few!!!) and film celebs (Spike Jonze, Natalie Portman).

Photo of Fab Moretti and Nick Valensi with the signed bag from The Strokes from the Crafts for a Cause site

You’ll find hand-drawn artwork, signed canvas bags, designed t-shirts, embellished guitars, and much more.

Sounds like an amazing collection of artists helping out for a great cause. Don’t forget — March 15th the auction starts online!

Here’s a video of SIA creating the wallet she donated:

SIA for Crafts For A Cause! from binki shapiro on Vimeo.

Plenty more info on the Crafts for a Cause website or on Binki Shapiro’s Twitter

Update from Fabrizio and Little Joy

A couple weeks ago Dazed Digital did a quick little Q&A with Fabrizio Moretti of Little Joy (and drummer of The Strokes) which they’ve published on their site today.

Image from Dazed

When asked about new news about The Strokes, Fab replied:

We’re back in the studio from February and we’re gonna start working on new songs. I love those guys, and I’m really proud of the music we’ve made and excited for the future of The Strokes. So that’s what I’ve got on for 2009!

No huge secrets revealed in the interview, just some basic talk about how the tour is going (“well” but “exhausting”), the musical inspirations of Little Joy (Motown, Bob Marley, Nina Simone), and the differences between recording for Little Joy and recording for the Strokes (“It was a humbling and honest experience. We made do with what we had…”).

Fab also talks about his mood behind the sometimes forlorn subject matter of the Little Joy songs, declaring that many of them were “born of real heartbreak,” and as the interview took place on January 20th, he expresses his excitement over the inauguration of Barack Obama.

RELATED: My review of Little Joy at Mercury Lounge, NYC.

Little Joy and The Dead Trees at Mercury Lounge, NYC 11/13/08 – Video and Pictures

Last night saw the NYC debut of Little Joy–the side project between Fabrizio Moretti of The Strokes, Rodrigo Amarante of Los Hermanos, and Binki Shapiro–at a sold out show at the Mercury Lounge.

The band plays solid, catchy music that’s charming and full of… well… joy. I have to say, out of all the Strokes’ members side projects (Albert Hammond Jr’s solo ventures, Nikolai Fraiture’s band Nickel Eye), Little Joy is perhaps the most refined and eclectic. It’s no doubt that Rodrigo Amarante’s notable career as an accomplished singer songwriter has had a dynamic and positive effect on the band’s mature sound.

Drawing band support from long-time Strokes compadre Matt Romano (drums) along with guitar power from Michael Ian Cummings and Matthew Borg from opener The Dead Trees, the band had an impressive, complete sound. Perhaps it’s testament to the individual experience of each of the band members, but was hard to believe that this band is on it’s first live tour–although there were some starts and stops, for the most part the performance was a well-oiled machine, where the music flowed freely and easily from their instruments and mouths.

They also dished out a new untitled song. Check it out in the video of the song below. Try to ignore the girl with the camcorder… she was up there the whole time w/ her video cam:

Little Joy @ Mercury Lounge, NYC from l on Vimeo.

Fellow NYC musicians Albert Hammond Jr. and Steve Schiltz of Longwave were on hand to cheer their buddy on.

Definitely a charming debut for this fun new little band.
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New Megapuss Video: “Adam & Steve”

What do you get when you add Devendra Banhart, Greg Rogove, Fabrizio Moretti, a white background, and a digital camcorder? Apparently you get a silly music video for “Adam & Steve,” a song off the album Surfing of their mutual side project, Megapuss. The LP was released this week on November 4th.

The video, which was shot by artistAmy Jo Diaz , and Strokes guitarist Nick Valensi makes a cameo as a thrashing guitar hero.

Out of all the Strokes members’ side projects, I gotta say, this is my least favorite. As you may recall, Fabrizio is also in another band with Binki Shapiro and Rodrigo Amarante, Little Joy, which also dropped their album this week. Where Megapuss is all about ridiculous dalliance, Little Joy is a celebration of charmingly sweet melodies and sing-a-long style anthems.

More over at The Music Journal.

Nikolai and Fabrizio to Play New York…Seperately

Looks like there’s some action the (former?) members of the Strokes front… Nikolai Fraiture’s side project, Nickel Eye, will have their debut New York show on October 22nd at the Williamsburg Hall of Music as part of CMJ, and then play a show at Pianos on the 24th. London folks will get a chance to preview Nikolai’s latest project in advance of us Americans, as Nickel Eye will be doing a show in the UK on October 15th at the Borderline.

Fabrizio Moretti‘s band, Little Joy, will also be playing in NYC in the near future in support in the release of the November 4th band’s debut album on Rough Trade. The band will play Mercury Lounge on November 13th and Maxwell’s in Hoboken on November 14th.

Will you be at either?