This month’s un-themed winter mix was compiled by Melissa Guion, a musician, radio DJ, sign maker, and designer. In 2011 she created and continues to frequently host Night Gallery, an experimental program on WTUL on Sunday evenings at midnight.
In addition to the alias DJ TV, she writes and records music under the name MJ Guider. A cassette of her recordings, Green Plastic, was released in January on Constellation Tatsu.
Alleys of Your Mind is a podcast series and blog from Houston, TX curated by the DJ and musical obsessive that simply goes by his middle name Calero. It runs the entire musical spectrum: from Musique concrète to Algerian Berber music to dancehall and house, techno, or whatever stunning musical revelation he would like to share with listeners. Each episode is different and it’s very likely you will discover something unfamiliar yet interesting.
Calero has been a DJ in the local Houston scene for about a decade now, and drew many of his influences from artists like Drexicya, Bunker Records, random disco 12”s, and the original Cybernetic Broadcasting System online radio (now Intergalactic FM). These days he’s more inspired by the music on labels like Pan, Editions Mego, Sex Tags Mania, the wonderful NTS Radio, and the dance moves of shape-cutter extraordinaire Mr. Shapes. Do a YouTube search for “Smoke Sweat and House” – you’ll get the idea.
This particular mix for Constance was put together in the living room, by the window while drinking his daily liter of iced tea. It tends to focus on a more functional dance-floor approach but with a slightly rough, experimental edge.
We are pleased to announce this latest mix from veteran contributor, Joey Buttons. This October tune into an audio transmission from another galaxy. Joey Buttons brings you an hour long compilation of ethereal sounds from the far reaches of space. You are listening to Radio Galaxia.
Joey Buttons is a musician, producer, DJ, analog synth addict, and obsessive record collector. Member of ((PRESSURES)) and The Buttons and co-founder of the record label Disko Obscura.
This third year anniversary Constance mix, entitled 8 Track Heaven is comprised of 8 track cassettes that were thrifted and home-repaired from the corners of Louisiana, Florida, Georgia and Alabama by Courtney Asztalos- an artist [ Dark Spring Press ], musician [ Jane Jane ] and 8 track collector.
Recorded through a 1970’s 2001 model Weltron player, highlights of the collection include Live at Webster’s Hall (home studio recording), Piano by Dorothy Love summer 1974 Six Months Prior to Death, Midnight Cowpoke Warning XXX (truck stop novelty), Michael Hurley’s Blue Navigator, rare Leon Russell organ playing, and many more lost-hits all warbled into one place.
Many thanks to Barry’s 8 Track Repair for fixing the Space Ball and for being all-around awesome.
For the third August in a row, we present a mix by Kathi, a Berlinorleanian radio DJ and maker of DVRA . Kathi’s Hüpfburg is more “feminine” than last year’s mix, nevertheless staying rooted in heartfelt disco, ritmo-house, and techno.
Tune into Kathi’s show of less commonly played dance music, The Tapeworm, everyThursday from 12:00 - 2:00 pm on WTUL 91.5 fm.
Rizzolo is based in Malmö [Sweden], but plays a little bit everywhere, however mostly in Stockholm. He organizes parties now and again, and with friends of the music label, Fasaan Recordings. Recently, Rizzolo participated Camp Cosmic.
Sergio began making edits in 2007, which he considers a lot of fun at the time of the blog boom, allowing him to meet great people all over the world. Besides being a DJ, he recently finished his bachelor degree in media and communication science, with a thesis on digital sexual communication.. Sexting, in other words.
To kickoff these bright/rainy/humid Summer months, TJ Lazerphone / Erich Ragsdale has worked tirelessly between a rock and a weird place in Texas, mixing from vinyl to Type II 60 min. cassettes for this latest musical effort, Down in the Park.
His hobbies include bio-dynamic farming, 3D photography, vinyl records and cassettes, electronic and acoustic music, UFOlogy, alternative healing, and treasure hunting.
This lovely May, we bring you a way to usher in the Summer. Wesley Stokes is an artist working in various mediums and Amanda Brinkman co-runs Pelican Bomb and The Drop. Together, they host CRIME, a dark and experimental electronic night in New Orleans.
This Spring— A Boy Named Ruth brings us Gay for Pay— an inspired story of every gay boy who comes from nowhere and is striving to get somewhere - songs about the struggle to survive and the indelible grace of adaptation. Cover art by Brett LaBauve of Bouffant Bouffant.
A Boy Named Ruth is a hustler, actor, drummer, producer, promoter, student and lover who cut his teeth on the streets of L.A. and the dance Meccas of Chelsea. He is the creator and co-producer of the critically acclaimed POOF! The Pop Show, a progressive dance program on WTUL New Orleans 91.5, and is in the studio preparing his debut EP.
This chilly March we bring you Poppers from AUTOPRANTZ, an international DJ duo bringing you the finest house grooves from then and now. Get the house party started and warm those asses up. And for more information about upcoming shows—
This month we would like to introduce Markus Mehr, a German sound artist, that works and lives in south Germany. His Freq Out mixtape has been recorded with pop-music in mind; just hits. It contains harmonic parts and distorted sections, mellow and nervous moments, tracks and sound-art pieces, released and previously unreleased music.
Markus tracked down some pieces from friends, heroes and other inspiring artists. And although it´s been made in the difficult German wintertime, it should spread a bright and warm feeling… somehow…
We bring in an epic 2013 with an even more epic two-part mix, entitled Consciousness Program, from our friend and all-around wonderful lady, Kimberly Hebert. The compilation was inspired by the mysteries of the Universe, coupled with the principles of reflection and renewal that accompany a new year. We hope it brings you great fortune.
Inspired by moments of confusion, delirium, sickness, heavy medication, and isolation, Justin Vial of Kindest Lines has created a dark, dark mix for the ‘Winter’, no matter your geographic location. He describes Fever Dreams as ‘a forced escape from reality, drifting through various states of fear, euphoria, loneliness, warmth, hope, death, and light. Waking up in a cold sweat, contorted and aching, longing for the life that was yours for just a moment.’
Summer is finally over, fall is irrelevant, and November is weird. Feelings is a mixtape to help you maintain.
Hannah Jegart is a local printmaker, WTUL disc jockey, and all around spacecase. She is currently working on a print installation set to open in January 2013. Until then, you can catch her on WTUL every other Friday from 8-10pm.
This month, Joey Buttons [ The Buttons | Disko Obscura ] presents a two part mix for the Halloween season entitled, NightMoves & FrightGrooves.
NightMoves is a mix comprising a range of dark synth tracks from various points in time, whereas FrightGrooves shift its gears with an eclectic mix of dark funk from the past and in to the future. Doesn’t matter if you’re O.G. goth or O.G. funk, theres something for you on the witching hour.
Born and raised in New Orleans, LA, Musa is a self proclaimed brazilian/redneck half breed who brings us this lovely September Mix.
She began DJing in 2008 and has traveled all over the country playing for Pitchfork Festival, Mad Decent Monday’s in Philly, Art Basel, Voodoo Festival and started the notoriously wild weekly party Obsession — which still continues every Saturday at The Saint in New Orleans.
Musa now resides in NYC, where she has lived on and off for 10 years. She is a regular at Le Baron, Le Bain, Westway and has a Friday residency in the basement of Lit in the East Village.
This month we welcome back Kathi Kniess, a radio DJ at WTUL 91.5. Her (second) August mix was inspired by short days and good times in Berlin and New Orleans alike. Genres include: nostalgia, party anthems, sensual synths, and prancey sex house.
Tune into Kathi’s show of less commonly played dance music, The Tapeworm, every Thursday from 2:00 - 4:00 pm on WTUL.
Verano Eterno is a mix-en-epañol inspired by the contemporary sounds of Ibero-America, intended to refresh your summertime pool parties. Turn it up, sweat it out… ¡disfrutalo!
NOANOA / Sergio H. Padilla is a recovering architect obsessed with fútbol, aesthetics and street food.
New Orleans native, music director of WTUL and host of The Dropout, Judah Lea / 9ris 9ris has put together something special to kick off the summer. Slack 2: The Enorcism is a mix designed to infuse the spirit with party demons. Thus unlocking your inner hidden reserves of slack making you the true Sub-Genius you were meant to be. Enjoy and praise Bob!
Judah hosts a DJ night extension of the radioshow every 2nd Friday of the month at Saturn Bar. Do it!
Hunter does a 2 hour show of instrumental surf & rock & roll called Storm Surge of Reverb on WTUL Mondays 4-6PM. He also organizes the semi-quarterly Record Raids in New Orleans.
Moon Trip is a mostly vinyl mix of weird, wonderful and wild sounds. Some of them are favorites from the surf show, some of them proudly sporting yowling vocals never featured on that show. It’s not all too spacey, and definitely has a few tempo swings. Never know what to expect on a Moon Trip.
Carl Hugmeyer is a New Orleans resident, born and raised in Michigan. The region played a role in the development of his musical tastes, where Styx, The Stooges, and Wolf Eyes all had their place.
This month he presents a mix of predominantly “pop/rock” or “guitar music” that would strangely seem at home in the racks or conversations of a midwestern record store.
Dedicated to the dancefloors of New Orleans. The March mix is prepared by Jaime Szczepanski aka WAREHOUSE NIGHT New Orleans, with old dirty vinyl.
The WAREHOUSE NIGHT Party actually takes place in a bar, and features roots music, garage house, and anything goes. Upcoming guests are DJ Perpetual Care, Jude Matthews, Sir Stephen, and DJ Pasta’s techno library. For bookings and inquiries.
This month we bring you a highly personal mix from our friend, DJ and New Orleans Airlift collaborator, Melissa McWilliams aka Boi Toi. In her own words, she writes that her mix is—
… a guided journey through my 27th year, the year of my Saturn return. Every song has a purpose and a space, every transition has a purpose. Some things are mixed, some things are not. The intention is not to show off my mixing skills but put together a cohesive sequence of songs that most fully represents my past year’s journey. I have specifically chosen to include songs by native Texas DJs/producers, as well as, showcase current work by my friends and collaborators. I hope all will enjoy and come away with some piece of me.
Hear more at: soundcloud.com/boi-toi/
We ring in the New Year with a fantastic collection, loosely named An Electric Storm, compiled by our friend Jude Matthews. Hours of enjoyment are surely to ensue with the three mixes— Noise, Headphones and Rave.
Jude Matthews is a jolly fellow who doesn’t do much of anything except work, look at Facebook, watch weird movies with his Fiancee, listen to unbearable music and drink Miller High Life. He used to be in some bands that went by the names Thä Püberty and In The Skin Of The Buffalo.
This Winter-ish month we bring you Sleep / Walk— a dark winter morning where night and day, dreaming and waking, fade in and out— is mix that flows through familiar and obscure, ambient and pop, symphonic and synthetic.
"Boys will be boys. And even that wouldn’t matter if only we could prevent girls from being girls." —Anne Frank
According to the Automne 2011 edition of I Heart Magazine, Bunny Matthews is an “Ambassadeur non conformiste: peintre, illustrateur, journaliste, vieux routard de la critique musicale…”
He is the creator of the cartoon characters “Vic and Nat’ly,” has been playing the drums since he was 7, and resides in beautiful Abita Springs.
In the spirit of the 1-year anniversary of the Constance Mixtape Series, we have invited Joey Buttons back to compile these amazing tracks for us.
Joey Buttons digs deep into the Disko Obscura crates for this months mixtape and pulls out, from the bowels of hell, an array of demented disko sure to arouse all you ghouls this Halloween season.
Interested in catching his next set? Visit the Disko Obscura group to find out when and where.
This month, Christopher Stoudt brings us One Track Mind— an ode to 70s NY punk. He is a musician, writer, and filmmaker from New Orleans. He plays a sea-foam green guitar and collects vintage Bart Simpson t-shirts.
Christopher will soon be launching a video web-series and blog called New Orleans Style with friend and collaborator Bunny Matthews.
Katharina Kniess is a radio DJ at WTUL 91.5 and part of GAF (German American Friendship), a monthly radio show that specializes in European and American cold, synth, new wave and post-punk. This mix combines a random selection of new and old danceable and not-so-danceable tracks, as well as some gloomy all-time favorites inspired by her hometown Berlin.
You can catch Kathi’s Radio show on WTUL, every Monday from Noon - 2pm.
This month we bring you bring you TWO  mixtapes from our friends, Belong. The New Orleans based duo Mike Jones and Turk Dietrich have been producing music together for the better half of the last ten years. They have a variety of releases on such renowned labels as Kranky, Carpark and Table Of The Elements.
Their new record, 'Common Era', was released earlier this year on the Chicago imprint, Kranky, and includes, for the first time, pop songwriting elements. Their releases cover an array of styles from ambient to noise to motorik pop ….. all of it recorded and produced in their home studio. They are currently working on new Belong material in addition to the work they are each doing on new side projects.
Mister B (a.k.a. Bryant Wilms) is amoung other things a dance music DJ living in New Orleans. He was born in New York City in 1971 where he was influenced by various music genres including early punk, breakbeat, freakbeat, latin, psychadelic, reggae, stoner metal and just about anything with a good beat. It is his deep affection for house music that inspired this month’s Disco mix.
You can catch Mister B DJing this month’s SWET party at the Dragon’s Den. | s-w-e-t.tumblr.com
Better Things To Do: This mixtape is some of his favorite raw soul and garage tunes from across South Louisiana in the mid to late 60s. All original wax! Sixty minutes long with a break at 29:43 so you can put it on two sides of a 60 minute cassette. PS- one tune is actually not from Louisiana, figure out which one, and win a prize!
Made to Melt: For Cord Bueker, Jnr, the ideal mix operates like dreaming: distinctions in time, geography, language and style melt, the disparate elements blend into a cohesive (if not coherent) narrative. Scenes shift imperceptibly or shatter suddenly, unlikely juxtapositions and strange appearances seem rational and inevitable, and where you end up has nothing to do with where you started, but seems like the right place.
Lafayette Native and ex-New Orleanian, Cord Bueker, Jnr. is a dear friend and early collaborator with the first issue of Constance. This month he brings us artwork and a mix from the Pacific Northwest.
J.Yuenger is a producer and recording engineer living and working in New Orleans, and Low Power is a look through his odd and varied collection of old records.
Cold Wave for Cold Days: Music to accompany a dark, dystopian devolution. A random sequence of minimal, icy analog synth bits, both vintage and contemporary, complied and mixed by Mike Mayfield.
Mike Mayfield is a musician, record geek, amateur DJ, and obsessive collector of vintage analog synths and drum machines. Oh and he can be found on Facebook.
Dan Helfers might not be the first to tell you that the soul of New Orleans extends far outside its musical heritage. We bond over our collective distrust of the local government, we hope for change but never plan for it. For better or for worse, New Orleans lets you make yourself because no one else is going to do it for you. “Good Intentions” is a reminder that with the right attitude, anything is possible in this town.
Jac Currie is a local designer, small businessman, and sometimes-DJ. This mix is dedicated to his trip home to Belize this month. It is also intended to work as boombox background music for your holiday season. Special thanks to Sergio!
Film maker, photographer, imagist, DJ, washed up skateboarder and hairfarmer, DJ Nate White [aka Todd White, Tza, Bucky Greco in Stereo] will always sacrifice monetary success for art. And it’s working out just fine. RIP John Taylor Jr.
See more on his photo blog: hollarrr.com
Freak On is a special collection of events and goings-ons from the mind of Brice Nice, a New Orleans DJ, record collector, music historian, promoter, and much more.
See more at: facebook.com/bricenice | facebook.com/therhythmkillers
Disko Obscura is a collective of musicians dedicated to unearthing the obscure, the forgotten, and the under appreciated sonic gems of the past and present.
Such gems can be heard at either the Disko Obscura or Slashdance parties and are intended to introduce people to an array of unfamiliar tracks sprinkled with a few that are more well known.