Not like live television debut, I mean like they had never before played as a band in public until last night, when they did so before a nationally televised audience. No pressure, guys. And yes that came pretty fast, but they had Bookeaters to plug, and chances are Rossen made a fan of Conan’s music booker last time he was on. Dan and Fred performed In Ear Park standout “No One Does It Like You” with a makeshift Department comprising Grizzly’s Chris Bear on drums, Dirty Projectors’ Angel Deradoorian on background vocals, and someone I don’t recognize but probably from Brooklyn on bass. (UPDATE: It’s Nat Baldwin, who I like a lot actually) The Williamsburg supergroup got through it well enough, although Fred ends with a little sigh of relief that says “maybe next time let’s do more shows before being on TV?” Fair enough, Fred’s sigh of relief. Fair enough.

That’s Louis C.K. on the couch with Conan at the beginning of the clip, just after killing it with the eight funniest minutes of the day for which you should stop everything you are doing and watch right now thanks.

Department Of Eagles’ first full-set performance comes Monday 10/6 at the Bell House. For some unreleased D.O.E., try “1997.” Also that tag set is my favorite.

Comments (43)
  1. Matthew  |   Posted on Oct 2nd, 2008 0

    can’t wait til they tour

  2. kurt  |   Posted on Oct 2nd, 2008 0

    That was nice. I love that song. Think I prefer it recorded by that was nice.

  3. lentbox  |   Posted on Oct 2nd, 2008 0

    i like this song a lot but it’s the only one of theirs i like at all

  4. yay next week’s gig!

  5. Evan  |   Posted on Oct 2nd, 2008 0

    it was alright..but I think I would’ve preferred it to be stripped down with just the two on acoustics like those live tracks from that DUMBO studio session you guys posted earlier.

  6. Fred's sigh of relief  |   Posted on Oct 2nd, 2008 0

    You read my mind

  7. pretty seb girl  |   Posted on Oct 2nd, 2008 0

    sweetness x 10

  8. Don’t want to be a picky jerk but they have played together “in public” before, for a Take Away Show. Can’t get much more ‘public’ than that :)

  9. Sean Jean  |   Posted on Oct 2nd, 2008 0

    Meh. This is pretty uninteresting.

  10. jon  |   Posted on Oct 2nd, 2008 0

    yeah you can, by being on conan o brien.

  11. bell house is gonna be niiiiice!

  12. happy gilmore  |   Posted on Oct 2nd, 2008 0

    Not as Wowed as I thought I would be. But then again it is their first time performing aside from take away shows

  13. Fucking awesome, like always Dan amazes, Fred and Chris are just the icing on the cake.

  14. Paul Ramon  |   Posted on Oct 2nd, 2008 0

    God, the reverbed-out, completely unmemorable, melody-less, sub-BB’s crap rolls on. Ooooh —ahhhhhhh– give me a break. Can we bring dance rock back? At least that bastardized music I didn’t care about at all.

  15. gimme  |   Posted on Oct 2nd, 2008 0

    bippity bop bippity bop bippity bop bippity bop non essential pop slop

    if i want to be willingfully bored by 60s retro pop i’ll listen to the clientele who are getting more and more predictable with each passing release!

  16. i hate criticisms being phrased like this. if you don’t want to….then…..don’t.

    moving on, i wish they’d tour so i can see them play full band somewhere near me. its sounding awesome. cant wait to get my copy next week.

  17. gimme  |   Posted on Oct 2nd, 2008 0

    you, sir, are wasting your money, but then again go ahead to help bolster our economy, spend away benny!

  18. Pete Fontaine  |   Posted on Oct 2nd, 2008 0

    I tried so hard…

    …to like this album, and I really couldn’t do it. I really listened to it a number of times looking for something, and I couldn’t find it. I mean it’s not bad, but at very few points does it do much of anything to excite me.

  19. simonsays  |   Posted on Oct 2nd, 2008 0

    the album is a stroke of genius… that is all.

  20. simonsays  |   Posted on Oct 2nd, 2008 0

    is it just me or is daniel soo nervous throughout the whole thing!

    the album is a stroke of genius by the way…

  21. hmmm  |   Posted on Oct 2nd, 2008 0

    you can really see what he contributes to grizzly bear by listening to this stuff, its interesting

  22. Mr Mojo  |   Posted on Oct 2nd, 2008 0


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  24. Joe Biden  |   Posted on Oct 2nd, 2008 0

    I really don’t like these guys at all. My friend is into them.
    I think they’re all there because they think they’re good-looking. I think they’re phonies.

  25. steve z  |   Posted on Oct 3rd, 2008 0

    wow that band is horrible.

  26. Fantastic song, just as great live as recorded! I’m a little surprised at all of the negative comments…

  27. Kurt  |   Posted on Oct 3rd, 2008 0

    Angel Deradoorian. she’s my Mrs Indie.

  28. Anonymous  |   Posted on Oct 3rd, 2008 0

    Some shades of Modern Guilt perhaps?

  29. This is my first time hearing anything from this group and I was impressed (especially as it sounds like those backing vocals were live – not dubbed). RS

  30. kurt  |   Posted on Oct 6th, 2008 0

    I’ve realized recently this isn’t really all that good. Not up to par with Grizzly Bear’s stuff

    Definitely Top Loaded, but still it has its moments.

  31. boring is the new exciting  |   Posted on Oct 6th, 2008 0

    I didn’t think this had anything special about it…until stereogum pointed out how they’re all from brooklyn. now I think it’s fucking amazing…suddenly there’s so much depth to the lack of meoldy, hooks, and originailty. . btw- if you want to stay ahead of the curve, Guys Mills, PA is going to be the next scene.

  32. why compare it to grizzly bear? they’re not grizzly bear.

  33. vince  |   Posted on Oct 6th, 2008 0

    Anyone else think these guys have always been pretty average? I like the recording a lot better.

  34. christian  |   Posted on Oct 6th, 2008 0

    i don’t know if i’ve seen backlash spread quicker than this! wow!

    i think In Ear Park is up there with the Walkmen and Bon Iver albums this year. truly enjoyable stuff.

  35. awesomedude  |   Posted on Oct 7th, 2008 0

    Unbelievably dull.

  36. Muffin  |   Posted on Oct 7th, 2008 0

    they played a radio show once in 2003, too. the recordings are on one of their cds. good version of sailing by night!

  37. simonsays  |   Posted on Oct 7th, 2008 0

    you can all shut up now… pitchfork have confirmed its awesome.

  38. Conan is on TV at 12:30 in my time zone and that’s about when I hit the rack, it’s detrimental to my work/life balance to stay up and watch it all, so I DVR it and watch them all the next day after I put my three year old to bed. I never miss an episode, except this one of course. My DVR can only record two shows at once and I have Craig Ferguson and Conan both recording. My WIFE canceled the Conan recording so we could record the *&^%$ debate. I LOVE Louis CK, his show on HBO a couple seasons ago was brilliant and I was remiss that it didn’t continue and I seriously record Conan so I can catch all the great indy rock performances. Damn I can’t believe this one got squashed. Glad I got to see it in parts here but I’m still going to smack my %$#@.

  39. ryanaaxxx  |   Posted on Oct 11th, 2008 0

    who is that hottie on back-up vox?

  40. I am so obsessed with this album right now. I do prefer the record better than the live stuff I’ve heard though. That dude is doing what Brian Wilson fans want Brian Wilson to do, but even better. Love it.

  41. Nick Baldwin  |   Posted on Oct 23rd, 2008 0

    Thats my cousin on BASS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! way to go Nat!!!!

  42. The Dude  |   Posted on Dec 6th, 2009 0

    the end freaked me out! I didn’t know dan was short lol
    but iep is a freaking great album!!!

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