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Album Of The Week: Grizzly Bear Shields

It’s not to say that the Album Of The Week selection for this second week of September has always been a foregone conclusion. This slate on September 18th is actually full of great efforts by a broad set of worthy artists, all situated in the upper echelon of their respective niches — see the laptop-enabled… More »

By: Amrit Singh / September 18, 2012 - 4:34 pm

What Grizzly Bear’s Been Up To Since Veckatimest

Yesterday, Grizzly Bear kicked off their new album cycle with “Sleeping Ute,” a tempestuous Rossen-penned gem that the comment section wanted to marry. (“I do!” – You guys.) The band’s still-untitled record comes 9/18 via Warp, and it is something we will probably talk about a fair bit around here, because it’s been three solid… More »

By: Amrit Singh / June 6, 2012 - 9:55 am

Watch Daniel Rossen Cover “Hang Me, Oh Hang Me”

Dan Rossen has always been Grizzly Bear’s Earth element, a perfectly polar foil to Ed Droste’s more honey-dipped ethereality, and in this video he indulges that grounded, dusty, salt-of-the-earth vibe with a cover of folk standard “Hang Me, Oh Hang Me.” It’s a one-camera affair against a black backdrop and the levels are imperfect, and… More »

By: Amrit Singh / March 23, 2012 - 5:05 pm

Daniel Rossen – “Silent Song”

Daniel Rossen, the man behind many of Grizzly Bear and Department Of Eagles’ finest moments, and the child prodigy behind this insanely delightful Elvis impression, is releasing his proper solo debut this spring. (For this post’s intents and purposes we are side-stepping his covers of Judee Sill, and of JoJo, though you really should get… More »

By: Amrit Singh / February 1, 2012 - 2:07 pm

Family Band – “Again”

Grizzly Bear’s Dan Rossen produces this MP3 from BTW Family Band, recorded for Weathervane and WXPN’s Shaking Through series of one-day song-recording documentaries. (Previously: Twin Sister, Reading Rainbow.) In the clip below you see primary Family members (in both the “music” and “they’re-married” senses) Kim Krans and Jonny Ollsin get a little tense and confused… More »

By: Amrit Singh / September 22, 2011 - 1:49 pm

Indie Rockers Before They Were Famous

After watching the recently unearthed footage of Arcade Fire playing a house party in 2002 and a 17-year-old Robin Pecknold covering Radiohead and Simon & Garfunkel, I thought it would be fun to collect more early videos of our favorite bands from before we ever heard them. Well, fun for us, maybe not so much… More »

By: Scott Lapatine / April 21, 2011 - 4:01 pm

Watch Lil’ Dan Rossen’s Elvis Impression

If Ezra Koenig’s impression of a dorm room YouTube Dave Matthews balladeer wasn’t on point enough, try this perfect rendering of Elvis by Grizzly Bear singer/guitarist Dan Rossen. He’s REALLY CUTE. (Also he’s five years old here so that is not an inappropriate observation.) Lil’ Dan doesn’t have a lip curl, but he’s got plenty… More »

By: Amrit Singh / February 14, 2011 - 12:52 pm

Dan Rossen Covers Judee Sill

California folk singer (and the first person signed to David Geffen’s Asylum label) Judee Sill died of a drug overdose in 1979 at the age of 35. Before that, she released two beautiful, highly worth-checking-out collections, Judee Sill in 1971 and Heart Food in 1973. Grizzly Bear/Department Of Eagle Dan Rossen, though, chose a track… More »

By: brandon / June 16, 2009 - 4:51 pm

Wendy Rossen’s Indie Corner

Turns out Grizzly Dan’s mom loves her indie rock. Drowned In Sound has a sampling of Wendy’s emails to Daniel over the years about Beirut, Feist, and yes whether Animal Collective really is > her son’s band. Lots Of Love. More »

By: Amrit Singh / May 28, 2009 - 12:22 pm

Dan Rossen Covers JoJo For The New Yorker

Well, it was actually for Ed Droste’s birthday, but he performed it as part of the New Yorker’s “Love Is Strange” Speakeasy event this past Valentine’s Day at Galapagos in Dumbo. You remember, it was the song we posted when Grizzly Bear/Department Of Eagles wanted to make sure you knew they still loved each other. More »

By: brandon / April 15, 2009 - 5:15 pm

New Department Of Eagles Video – “No One Does It Like You”

Last night at MoMA, Dan Rossen and Fred Nicolaus premiered their first video, for In Ear Park’s woozy standout “No One Does It Like You.” It was a PopRally event, the same performance series that has brought Sigur Rós and comedy short films to the museum in recent months. We sent Natasha Ryan to bring… More »

By: Amrit Singh / March 25, 2009 - 1:12 pm

Premature Evaluation: Grizzly Bear – Veckatimest

No secret we’ve been excited about this one for awhile. And as the band blogged, it’s no secret that a transcode of the album is burning up torrent sites a bit earlier than anticipated. On the other hand, between live shows and television appearances, the wait for a Yellow House followup’s seemed interminable, Grizzly Bear’… More »

By: Amrit Singh / March 5, 2009 - 2:18 pm

New Grizzly Bear – “Deep Blue Sea”

Continuing the daily track-by-track unveiling of the Dressner brothers’ Dark Was The Night charity comp, today’s tune is a reworked studio version of Grizzly’s “Deep Blue Sea” cover, basically the Friend version with a little more Grizzly filigree. Hear it over at MySpace all day. More »

By: Amrit Singh / January 19, 2009 - 10:08 am

Department Of Daytrotters

Fred and Dan recorded a few tracks for Daytrotter, including a few from In Ear Park and two unreleased cuts, “What Is Your Deal?” and the previously loved “1997,” which came out particularly well. Go get it. More »

By: Amrit Singh / October 20, 2008 - 1:40 pm

New Department Of Eagles Live Video – “Herring Bone” (DUMBO Session)

Dan Rossen Month continues with another cut from the Department Of Eagles DUMBO session that brought us the unreleased “1997,” featuring Dan and Fred alone in a Brooklyn room with a view. This live “Herring Bone” is stripped of In Ear Park’s arrangements and accouterments, presented here in its piano-man core, unadorned but for a… More »

By: Amrit Singh / October 10, 2008 - 11:44 am

Department Of Eagles And Grizzly Bear Promise They All Still Love Each Other

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… More »

By: Amrit Singh / October 8, 2008 - 5:52 pm

Department Of Eagles Make Their Live Debut On Conan

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… More »

By: Amrit Singh / October 2, 2008 - 1:22 pm

New Department Of Eagles – “1997” (New Song, Stereogum Premiere)

It took Grizzly Bear’s Dan Rossen and his non-Grizzly songwriting partner Fred Nicolaus a good five years to sculpt their second full-length In Ear Park. With “1997,” however, they’re already one track into a third LP. So maybe there won’t be such a long wait this time, all Dan has to do is finish recording… More »

By: Amrit Singh / September 29, 2008 - 4:50 pm

New Department Of Eagles – “No One Does It Like You” (Album Version)

It’s been a year and a half since Dan Rossen and his longtime songwriting partner Fred Nicolaus dropped us a demo of “No One Does It Like You” as a tease to the duo’s first Department Of Eagles album since their years-old debut Whitey And The Moon UK. It wasn’t that D.O.E.’s next album wa… More »

By: Amrit Singh / August 20, 2008 - 9:57 am

New Department Of Eagles – “In Ear Park”

Last April we got an unexpected and entirely welcome glimpse at the then-dormant Dan Rossen project Department Of Eagles, when Rossen’s songwriting partner and fellow Eagle departmentalist Fred Nicolaus sent us a track as sweet, sweet reminder that D.O.E. were still a BTW. Since then Dan’s day job, Grizzly Bear, and their Yellow House LP… More »

By: Amrit Singh / July 8, 2008 - 10:10 am
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