jason on 04/01/2011 at 12:12PM
The Dead Bees label from Toulouse, France has been active since 2003, and released their 10th Creative Commons compilation this week featuring 19 tracks by artists from France, Canada, the US and beyond. I especially like when the Dead Bees' tastes dip into dream-pop shoegazey territory, working with well-known artists like the Brian Jonestown Massacre as well as artists that are totally new to my ears like The Left Outsides, a duo from Camberwell, South London (Dead Bees #8), and this new track by Ostrich Tuning from Toronto of the new Dead Bees DIX.
Ostrich Tuning get their name from a type of guitar tuning where all of the strings are tuned to D, which was pioneered by the pre-Velvet Underground group The Primitives in 1964 on the novelty single called The Ostrich. The Primitives featured John Cale, Tony Conrad, and Walter DeMaria. I learned this from Lukas' 2007 post on WFMU's Beware of the Blog, where you can hear the original "Ostrich."