A distinctive and prolific songwriter, Daniel Rossen performs with Grizzly Bear, Department of Eagles, and as a solo artist. The grandchild of director Robert Rossen, he was born in Los Angeles on August 5, 1982 and began making music in earnest in 2000, when he became a roommate of Fred Nicolaus at New York University during their freshman year. The duo began writing and recording as Whitey on the Moon UK, ultimately changing their name to Department of Eagles a few years and EPs later. In 2004, Rossen joined Grizzly Bear and appeared on that year's album Horn of Plenty. Meanwhile, in 2005, a collection of Department of Eagles' early works, The Cold Nose, was issued by the U.K. label Melodic (it arrived in the U.S. with bonus tracks two years later). The following year, Grizzly Bear released their breakthrough album, Yellow House, while another Department of Eagles EP, the odds-and-sods collection A Johnny Glaze Christmas: Classical Snatches and Samples a Go-Go, was also released.