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February 22nd, 2007

Department of Eagles


If you’ve listened to Grizzly Bear then you’ve heard one half of Department of Eagles. Daniel Rossen, co-contributor to Department of Eagles, not only made Grizzly Bear’s sophomore album Yellow House more interesting than their first, he also recorded an album that I think far surpasses Yellow’s accomplishments. Whitey on the Moon was Deparment of Eagles first and only full length released to date. Daniel’s vocals and unique multi-instrumentation (Sitar, banjo, guitar) helped give both albums their distinctive sound. In-between Grizzly Bear’s recording and tours, Daniel has gone back to Department of Eagles and recorded a few new songs that are increasingly leaning more towards a folk sound rather than the former much more experimental sound he forged with Department of Eagles. I meant to post these new demos a bit back when I first heard them but I still think they deserve attention and are great songs. I’m also hoping that If I draw some attention to them that they’ll get back in the studio and finish their new album. If you missed Department of Eagles first album, I have put links to several tracks from that as well. Department of Eagles ‘ Whitey on the Moon’ LP is definitely in my top 10 favorite albums of recent memory and I think just about anyone who appreciates experimental/folk music or even the sampling curiosities Cocorosie creates would thoroughly enjoy them.

New Demos:

Grizzly Bear – Balmy Night

Grizzly Bear – Deadly Disclosure

Kill Whitey LP songs:

Grizzly Bear – Sailing By Night

Grizzly Bear – The Horse you Ride


  1. […] 5th, 2007 A few months ago I was in the dark hoping that the Department of Eagles would get into the studio and record their new album. With no updates […]

    Pingback by Department of Eagles pt.II « naturalismo — April 5, 2007 @ 4:46 am
  2. it’s “the whitey on the moon UK LP” fyi.
    not kill whitey. or “the cold nose”

    Comment by aubrey. — April 5, 2007 @ 7:44 pm
  3. Thanks for that, the copy I have is actually an old burned promo disc from my colleges radio station that is written “Kill whitey on the moon”


    Comment by Edvard — April 5, 2007 @ 8:22 pm
  4. Second two links are gone. :/ (And why are they all labeled Grizzly Bear?)

    Comment by Phil — April 23, 2008 @ 12:38 pm
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