Department of Eagles - No One Does it Like You (Demo)
A photograph taken during the rehearsals for Department of Eagles video, No One Does It Like You
Ladies Auxiliary - Golden Apple (Department of Eagles Cover)
I’m in a band from Philadelphia called Ladies Auxiliary. I’ve sent along a cover of “Golden Apple” by Department of Eagles from their new album Archive 2003-2006.
A long time ago I was in a band that was on the same label as Department of Eagles, Isota Records. I had listened to their first record and liked it well enough, and when Joe from Isota sent me what he described as rough demos for DOE’s second album in the Summer of 2006 I was interested, but not particularly excited, even when he told me that they were now doing stuff that sounded like Van Dyke Parks and Smile. This was before Yellow House had come out, and to me Dan and Fred were just these two guys who recorded music in their spare time and never played shows.
It’s difficult to coherently describe what those 11 songs mean to me, but as close as I can come is to say that they completely upturned my understanding of what it means to make music. That CD-R came along right when I needed it most, and It’s without a doubt my favorite album. I don’t mind saying that every song I write now is in some way indebted to those Department of Eagles demos, and writing music now seems to be an attempt to somehow recreate how those songs make me feel. That I love them so much seems to be a testament to the idea that outside of hype and even word of mouth music can have a profound effect on a person. it can come out of nowhere. For two years, before In Ear Park came out, it seemed like they had made these songs just for me. I made up titles for them as there wasn’t a tracklist and emailed them hopelessly searching questions in an attempt to understanding how such a monument to song could be created almost as an afterthought.
The third to last song on the CD-R (before a short piano piece and an early version of balmy night), golden apple was always my favorite. I’m not even going to try to write about why I love this song so much except that I just can’t imagine a song affecting me more than golden apple. We recorded the cover much like we record our other songs: with casio keyboard, pedal steel guitar, vibraphone, three part harmonies and bootleg electronic percussion all straight into a cassette walkman. then a fair helping of reverb. It’s a bit of a love letter to Department of Eagles and those demos.
These songs are from 2003-2006 – what prompted their release now? We had a contractual obligation to this label, and in order to release In Ear Park with 4AD we had to broker a deal. We would probably have faced a lawsuit if we didn’t let them put it out, but it’s not an unhappy story, if people enjoy it in some form. What’s next – new Department of Eagles material or a new Grizzly Bear album? […]I’ve been working by myself a lot, which could be a solo record, Grizzly Bear tracks or a new Department of Eagles record. Right now, Grizzly Bear is in post-record limbo, but I’m itching to play new songs live.
These songs are from 2003-2006 – what prompted their release now?
We had a contractual obligation to this label, and in order to release In Ear Park with 4AD we had to broker a deal. We would probably have faced a lawsuit if we didn’t let them put it out, but it’s not an unhappy story, if people enjoy it in some form.
What’s next – new Department of Eagles material or a new Grizzly Bear album?
[…]I’ve been working by myself a lot, which could be a solo record, Grizzly Bear tracks or a new Department of Eagles record. Right now, Grizzly Bear is in post-record limbo, but I’m itching to play new songs live.
Track: While We’re Young
In this critic’s mind, 2008’s In Ear Park is going to be one hell of an album to follow. Easily surpassing all other releases that year, the album’s dense orchestrated pop is still ringing in my ears. So, facing this prospect, what would any clever band do instead? Aha, retrospective! Archive 2003 - 2006 celebrates all the little minutia and lovingly curated chamber pop the Department of Eagles are best known for. But, because it is the Department of Eagles, these album leftovers are still easily worth the price of admission.
Don’t forget to pre-order the album. Out July 20th.
From their upcoming Archive 2003-2006 album.
Department of Eagles are set to release an album July 20 featuring tracks recorded after The Cold Nose.
01 Practice Room Sketch 1
02 Deadly Disclosure
03 While We’re Young
04 Grand Army Plaza
05 Practice Room Sketch 2
06 Brightest Minds
07 Practice Room Sketch 3
09 Practice Room Sketch 4 (Tired Hands)
10 Golden Apple
11 Practice Room Sketch 5
Department of Eagles at KEXP Studios
Daniel Rossen, Chris Bear & Matthew Million (Department of Eagles) jam out on driftwood.
Department of Eagles - Sailing by Night
Kazoo solo anyone?
Also: enjoy some pre-Grizzly Bear Daniel Rossen.