Posted in MP3 | music | tour dates on May 25, 2010

by Bill Pearis

DOWNLOADThe Sea Lions - I Wish I Was Lou Reed (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: The Sea Lions - Good Feelings (MP3)

Sea Lions @ Littlefield on Sunday
Sea Lions

NYC Popfest 2010 wrapped up on Sunday (Thursday coverage here) with an all-day event at Littlefield. One of the discoveries of the day (and of the Fest) for me was Oxnard, CA's Sea Lions who looked like they formed at the local Youth Center and sounded like a poppier (and more together) version of Cause Co-Motion. They exuded a kind of naive charm with super-catchy, no-pretense songs like "Oh No," "Good Feelings" and "Beautiful Day."

Then I remembered that Seattle blog (and old friend of mine) The Finest Kiss had picked their "Let's Groove" 7" as his Single of 2010, to which he wrote:

The Sea Lions aren't quite surf, not quite punk, and not quite twee.  What they are is ballsy to make the A-side of their first single an instrumental, but the Sea Lions seem to know what they're doing. In a year where sun, surf and sand were recurring themes around the indieverse the Sea Lions did it the best. No trendy reverb or washed out vocals, just straight up pop.
The Sea Lions have stuck around the East Coast to play some more shows. Maybe you saw them last night Bruar Falls with fellow Popfest attendees Neverever. They play Bruar Falls again tonight (5/25) for a free show, and then Shea Stadium on Friday (5/29). Both shows are with Toledo, OH's Handglops. Check out two Sea Lions MP3s at the top of this post and all Sea Lions tour dates are below.

The Sea Lions - 2010 Tour Dates
May 25 BRUAR FALLS w/ Handglops +more (Williamsburg) Brooklyn, New York
May 27 Popeye's Garage w/ Handglops, and Medication New Haven, Connecticu
May 28 Shea Stadium w/ The Beachniks, Handglops, and Honeydo's Brooklyn, New York
Jun 4 Fresh n Fabulous Moxnard, CA
Jun 12 Yay! Night @ the Smell Downtown Los Angeles, California, US

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Comments (5)

Dear Brooklyn Vegan Commenters,

"Whazzzuuuuuup"? My name is Patrick, I am in a band called Handglops, from Toledo, Ohio. We have a very elcectic sound, incorporating elements of Surf, Punk, and Twee. Our main influences are Belle and Sebastion and Okkervil River, but we also support Vegan artists such as Andre 3000 and Moby. We have one record out on Gulcher and another on Obeast Tapes.

Let me get right to it- I recently heard from the "L magazine" that you are one of the foremost people to impress in the Brooklyn music scene. Well, I recently moved to Brooklyn, so I just wanted to let you know that I think Handglops really has what it takes to become one of the top bands in Brooklyn. But don't take my word for it-- we are playing a show in your very neck of the woods (at 402 Park Avenue in Brooklyn, and NOT at Shea Stadium like it says above!) with the band Sea Lions, so you can come and decide for yourself. I heard you guys are a tough bunch to impress, and that you don't even care for the Beatles. Well I, for one, welcome the challenge (as all good bands should).

See you on Friday (don't worry, you'll be on the guest list)

-Patrick

Posted by Patrick | May 26, 2010 2:40 PM

You support Vegan artists?

Lame

Posted by Anonymous | May 26, 2010 3:28 PM

man, are you serious?? i thought the one surefire way to impress brooklyn vegan commenters would be to namedrop some vegan bands.

this site is confusing.

Posted by Patrick | May 26, 2010 3:51 PM

wow, its an honor to have be written about on brooklyn vegan. thanks so musch. new york was the best experience of our lives.

cheers

adrian :(:

Posted by adrian pilllado | May 31, 2010 3:41 PM

wow, its an honor to have been written about on brooklyn vegan. thanks so much. new york was the best experience of our lives.

cheers

adrian :(:

Posted by adrian pilllado | May 31, 2010 3:43 PM

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