Department of Eagles
is a band formed in 2000 by friends and New York University
(NYU) roommates Daniel Rossen
) and Fred Nicolaus. The roommates created music from collected samples, assembled into songs and recorded with pirated recording software and a microphone borrowed from their neighbor, Chris Taylor
, who would later become Rossen's bandmate in Grizzly Bear, as well as Department of Eagle's producer and recording engineer.