Radar Eyes: Digging Ditchwater and More
[Radar Eyes is a new recurring feature, peering at the underground from the unique mind of Indian Jewelry/Future Blondes shredder Domokos Benczedi. Proceed at your own risk... just kidding. Enjoy.]
I am Chemical Mange.
First of all: R.I.P. Ron Asheton.
Second of all: Fuck.
RADAR EYES NO. 1: Rosa Guerrero, Ditchwater Corp.
Rosa Guerrero: Haha, good question!
RG: To share good rock and roll music with the peoples of Houston.
RE: And how do you do this?
RG: Multi-media blitzkrieg! I publish a photography zine called Ditchwater, which documents Houston's seamier music scenes. It's an old fashioned photocopied affair - I do B&W analog photography, so it lends itself well to that. And I am 1/3 of "Mutant Hardcore Flower Hour" on KTRU, the longest-running punk radio show in town.
And because I'm fond of putting holes in my head, I just started Ditchwater Records, which is a lonely-hearts singles club. Oh, and sometimes I organize and promote live shows.
RE: Oh! You're one of those people! A superhero! For the people/ of the people! I dunno where to start... how about your radio show? When and where can people tune in?
RG: Thursday nights at 10 p.m. on 91.7 FM. Young Burton is on at 10, Scott Butt at 11 and I lull listeners to sleep starting at midnight
RE: I would disagree! You keep them awake with the best rock and roll radio on the airwaves!
RG: It's fun! We play a pretty broad variety of punk and garage. I play lots of '60s punk and '70s rock and roll, and a big heaping spoonful of local stuffs.
RE: A heaping spoonful of local rock and roll music which you have begun to release on Ditchwater Records. Who was your first release, and do you have any more lined up for public consumption in the near future?
RG: I released The Born Liars single called "Don't Tell Me I Know" b/w "I Don't Know Why." I caught a lot of flack for forgetting the "b/w" on the cover. So it reads "Don't Tell Me I Know I Don't Know Why." Getting details right is hard.
RE: Haha! That's almost better than w/ the b/w included, in my opinion!
RG: I should have my second record in the mail when I get home. It's a 12-song EP by local hardcore/rocknrollers Gay Marriage.
RE: Details often fall between the cracks in our illustrious world of music loving - yes...
RG: I got a couple of others in the can: Dead Roses and Matt Mayo.
RG: And a split between The Wrong Ones and Backalley Sluts. Study hard, kids!
RE: You've been taking photos of local and touring bands here in Houston, which you print in Xerox form... am I correct?
RG: Yessir. Ditchwater Zine. I've done two issues and I'm working on the third. Right now!
RE: Where is this available? Am I in it?
RG: Haha... No joke. The photo of you onstage of Notsuoh in issue No. 1 is one of my favorite ever.
RE: Aww... Seems like years ago...
RG: 2006. that's when i started shooting.
RG: Well I always try and have a camera on me. So I shoot shows that I would want to be at anyways. So Rudyards, Notsuoh, the White Swan, the Mink, wherever I hear the din of rock and roll! But I shoot daily life too. Street photography, I guess some people refer to it as.
RE: And then you make Xerox magazines of your photos for the citizens of the world to enjoy?
RG: Yup. That's the end goal of my photography. I like the format. I put a lot of thought into sequence, grouping, captions and so forth.
RE: Excellent... Where can I find Ditchwater Zine?
RG: They're all sold out right now. Oh wait! There might be a couple available at Death Exclamations mail order. The new one will be available there and at Sound Exchange.
RG: PLF, Dissent, and El Desmadre are playing Saturday at White Swan. There's a lineup that has my name written all over it!
RE: Have any next words until our next exchange?
RG: I'm blinking. I mean blanking.
RE: Rosa can be found where rock n' roll lives.
Ditchwater Records can be purchased at Sound Exchange, 1846 Richmond. The most recent Mutant Hardcore Flower Hour playlist.
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