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Earlier this week the New York Times raised a few eyebrows with their profile on Dan Rossen’s Department Of Eagles project. It’s not surprising to see D.O.E. given such high-minded attention (they’re suddenly everywhere, from last week’s Conan to last night’s Bookeaters Benefit at Town Hall, and deservedly so). But the article uses contextually questionable quotes and insinuations as to the reason Droste was the odd man out on D.O.E. to suggest the future of Grizzly Bear, and more fundamentally Dan and Ed’s friendship, is remarkably strained. True, Dan shares some GB-related frustrations, but the rest seems selectively framed for maximum drama. (The pièce de résistance is Ed’s out-of-nowhere introductory quote, starting “Is the band going to break up? I think that’s the furthest thing from our minds.” I may not be a lawyer — oh wait, yes I am — but that’s leading the witness, NYT.)

Since then Dan’s been bent on clearing up the Times’ distorted portrait. The night after the piece ran, D.O.E. played their first full set at the Bell House, where Dan dedicated two songs to his Grizzly partner (a cover of Jo Jo’s “Too Little Too Late” which he initially recorded as a birthday present to Ed last year, and the slightly less subtle “If You’d Forgive Me”). Today Rossen takes it one step further on the Grizzly Bear blog with a post titled “Dept of Eagles and Grizzly Bear: Friendships Are True”:

There’s been some confusing press recently regarding the Dept of Eagles record. There are the inevitable comparisons between GB and DoE, which are sometimes annoying but ultimately who cares. Then there is the inevitable dorky wordplay that goes along with two interrelated animal-named bands (soaring with the eagles whilst nesting in the den of the grizzly bear!, etc.). It’s unfortunate, but mostly it just confuses my older relatives. So whatever. Problem is this: there have been some suggestions that there is a rift between me and Ed and some offhand comments I’ve made about the last few years with grizzly bear and my friendship with Ed have been printed out of context, fueling gossip and scaring friends of the band. It doesn’t look good, and I feel terrible about it. And I wouldn’t be surprised if those remarks are reprinted over and over again in reference to In Ear Park.

Point is, there is nothing but love and respect between me and Ed. The last thing I want is for this DoE record to be seen as some kind of affront to him or the band. It absolutely isn’t. It’s a tangent from the band that happened while we took some time off. Ed has been incredibly supportive, and working with him on the new record has been amazing. It’s an honor and a joy. So let it be known!

Rossen let it be known via here. Take that, gotcha liberal media. So it’s OK still to expect that new Grizzly Bear album sometime next year, everybody. Take this as a testament to Dan & Ed’s love for each other:

And in case you haven’t seen this yet, here’s an alternate take on “No One Does It Like You” that’s worth a few minutes of your day:


(via P4K.tv)

Comments (20)
  1. hello, cast of the hills. can’t we all BFFs?

    side note- ed totally was playing with his iPhone when Dan was singing to him on Monday night.

  2. erik  |   Posted on Oct 8th, 2008 0

    thats sounds amazing for being recorded on a roof. WOw

  3. jeez that ny times article IS really misleading. unfortunate they decided to construct it that way. now i can’t listen to phantom other the same way anymore….

    just kidding.
    moving on….

  4. lol  |   Posted on Oct 8th, 2008 0

    hurray for man love.

  5. It’s a run of the mill bromance.

  6. kegs1287  |   Posted on Oct 8th, 2008 0

    Does anyone know if there is a bootleg out there somewhere of their first show? There are a couple of unreleased tracks that I would love mp3s of.

  7. kegs1287  |   Posted on Oct 8th, 2008 0

    Does anyone know if there is a bootleg of their first show out there? It had some unreleased tracks that I would love mp3s of.

  8. wandering ghost  |   Posted on Oct 8th, 2008 0

    when will someone tell this man that he can cool the excessive reverb on his guitar. it just doesnt sound good… to me at least. of course, he’s not the only offender.

  9. please~don’t break up and don’t break my heart. i really you Grizzly Bear and Eagles.

    • yomama  |   Posted on Oct 9th, 2008 0

      did you read the post? Everything is fine, breaking up wont be happening anytime soon!

      *THANK GOD*

      :P

  10. sash  |   Posted on Oct 9th, 2008 0

    IGIF has two new songs, and they’re supposed to put up the whole show soon.

    http://iguessimfloating.blogspot.com/2008/10/mp3-two-new-department-of-eagles-songs.html

  11. wow  |   Posted on Oct 9th, 2008 0

    thanks for bumping this shit up top like a jazzy jeff rhyme. men can love and hug men. we wouldn’t have known otherwise.

  12. Sean Jean  |   Posted on Oct 9th, 2008 0

    Meh. I like the GB, but I still find this DOE stuff incredibly uninteresting.

  13. jon  |   Posted on Oct 9th, 2008 0

    phew

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