The Rebel Beat Se.2 Ep.4: bell’s roar

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Boom! We’re back with the latest edition of The Rebel Beat podcast!

So an election is upon us in the USA. Fuck Trump. That’s obvious. But fuck Hillary, too. Whoever wins, we will all resist.

Before jumping into things, we have some exciting news – we just launched a Patreon support page for this podcast! If you love what we do, please consider supporting us with a small monthly donation! Head over to to pledge your support today!

We’re gonna be rolling out some wicked swag for our supporters, including enamel pins, t-shirts, and exclusive mix-tapes!

This podcast will always be free, but producing it isn’t. If you can kick $1, $3, or $5 per month, it’s a small amount for you, but it means the world to us.

And now back to business – our special guest on the podcast for this month is the incredible bell’s roar! bell’s roar is an Albany, NY based solo artist with Firebrand Records who produces sultry, sweet political indie-pop music with tinges of ambient and soul. Their music reflects on love, struggle, queerness, and being Black in America. Plus, they’re also a furniture-maker!

We had a wonderful chat about their music, politics in the USA, and also the awesome Art Funds Art tour they’re organizing to support trans artists of colour! Check it out and support!

And finally, in our Turn it Up segment, we give a nod to Indigenous resistance against the Petronas/Pacific Northwest fracked gas terminal in so-called “BC, Canada”. For more info on that struggle, and ways to support, go here:

Tef Poe – Fuck Hillary
A Tribe Called Red (feat. Leonard Sumner, Shad, Northern Voice) – How I feel
Blood Orange – Hands up
LAL – Rules were meant to be broken
Bell’s roar – Ancestors
Bell’s roar – Black lives
Bell’s roar – Step Up Step Back
Bell’s roar – Covered in red
Jase el Nino – Flora Bank


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Hello dear friends, fans, and listeners of The Rebel Beat,

We recently launched a Patreon supporter page for our podcast! If you’re not already familiar with Patreon, it’s a super easy and fun way to support creative workers such as myself with monthly donations (charged to your credit card or Paypal account so you don’t need to even worry about it!).
So if you like this podcast, please consider supporting us with $1, $5 or whatever you can afford per month! Go here and sign up today!
BONUS! If you sign up before October 11th, you’ll get a special shout-out on our next episode, which drops on October 12th with bell’s roar!

We have awesome rewards for everyone who signs up, including exclusive mix-tapes, pins, t-shirts, and advance downloads of each episode.
So what are you waiting for? Sign up to become a Patreon supporter of The Rebel Beat today!
Love and solidarity,

The Rebel Beat Se2 Ep3: Juice Rap News


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Welcome back to the latest episode of The Rebel Beat, a Firebrand Records podcast!

Our special guest on the show this week is Giordano Nani of The Juice Media. The Juice Media are an Australian collective of radical video ninjas who famously produced The Juice Rap news for over 5 years, garnering millions of views and faithful fans around the world. Their poignant, satirical rap videos touch on issues of colonialism and Indigenous resistance, security culture in the face of state surveillance, and the war against migrants. Be sure to check them out!

We also gave shout outs to the Standing Rock resistance against the Dakota Access pipeline, and the #BlackLivesMatter movement for supporting the Palestinian #BDS call.

And finally, we end with our Turn it Up segment, this time for Gord Downie of The Tragically Hip.




Zach de la Rocha & El P – Digging for windows
A Tribed Called Red feat. Yasiin Bey & Narcy – R.E.D.
Son of Nun – Free Palestine
Beatnick, K-Salaam, Talib Kweli, M-1 – Checkpoints: Ghetto to Gaza
Sandhill – Kubrick
Provocalz & co. – Stand Proud
The Tragically Hip – Goodnight Attawapiskat




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The Rebel Beat Se2 Ep2: Nomadic Massive


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Welcome to our second edition of The Rebel Beat podcast with Firebrand Records!

We start the show by recognizing Prisoner Justice Day (August 10), and playing some of our favourite anti-prison tunes from Bob Dylan and The Man in Black. For an extensive history of Prisoner Justice Day (within the Canadian context), check this out.

Then we bring you some news from the Firebrand Records family, including the new single from Chilean artist Ana Tijoux, and the Rock Against the TPP tour!

Our feature interview is with Montreal hip-hop legends Nomadic Massive. Their name just about says it all. With over 10 full-time members of the band dropping verses in English, French, Arabic, Spanish, and Creole, this politically-conscious band have been supplying us with treats for our ears and minds for over a decade. They just launched their latest album “Big Band Theory” in June, and it’s on fire! Continue reading

The Rebel Beat Podcast (Season 2, Episode 1)




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Welcome to The Rebel Beat – a Firebrand Records podcast!

We’re back after a brief hiatus to bring you the re-launch edition of the show, and we’re very excited about this. We caught up with Firebrand co-founder Ryan Harvey, as well as his musical collaborators Kareem Samara and Shireen. We shot the shit about big things happening in the Firebrand family: the “Old Man Trump” single with Ani DiFranco, Prophets of Rage, the Rock Against the TPP tour, and much more. Continue reading

Rapid dispatch – Rebel Beat podcast update


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Hi! We’re back with a quick update to say we haven’t gone anywhere! We’re taking a bit of time off before re-launching as an official Firebrand Records podcast in July. In the meantime, we’re planning some amazing interviews, including one we just did with the Montreal hip-hop supergroup Nomadic Massive (and we’ve got a little teaser of that interview here).

Soon, you’ll be able to subscribe to the Rebel Beat podcast via the TuneIn app, and of course you can still find us on Stitcher and iTunes.

And most importantly, we want to hear from YOU! Got some music suggestions or requests for us? Any artists out there we should interview? Hit us up on Twitter @rebelbeatradio, on Facebook, or email us at

Summer’s here, so turn up the heat! Smash the state! See you on the streets, and on the dance floors.



The Rebel Beat Podcast 062 – Curtain Call at CKUT, Re-ignition with Firebrand



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Boom! Welcome back with another edition of The Rebel Beat podcast, and this one is a HUGE one for us. Sadly, this episode marks the end of The Rebel Beat as a weekly show at the mighty CKUT radio in Montreal. It’s been a beautiful 10-year run for me doing live radio on Wednesday nights at CKUT, and I’ve finally decided to give it up so that I can make time for other things in life.

BUT FEAR NOT! This is far from being the end for The Rebel Beat! As you’ll hear in this podcast, we’re thrilled to announce that we’re teaming up with Tom Morello (Rage Against the Machine), Ryan Harvey, and the whole family at Firebrand Records to keep The Rebel Beat going as a monthly Firebrand podcast!

So even though the show will only be coming out once per month, and might be a bit shorter than 2 hours, we’ll still be bringing you all the amazing interviews and music from revolutionary musicians that you’ve come to expect.

So, be sure to subscribe now in iTunes, Stitcher, or anywhere else you get podcasts! We’re gonna take a bit of a break, and then come back to re-launch the show with Firebrand in July. Continue reading

The Rebel Beat Podcast 061 – Rhythms of Kurdish Resistance



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Welcome back to another weekly podcast of The Rebel Beat! IMPORTANT REMINDER: This will actually be our second-to-last weekly edition of the show that airs on CKUT radio. After next week, we’re slowing down a little bit, and switching to a monthly show. So, make sure you subscribe now to our podcast! Get it here on iTunes, Stitcher, and all your other favourite podcast platforms.

This week on the show, we have a special focus on Kurdish resistance music. Our playlist of rousing fight songs was curated by Kurdish comrades in Montreal and Toronto, and we also have an interview here with Xebat, Sores, and Melis. Xebat and Sores are Kurdish activists now based in Montreal, and Melis is a Turkish solidarity activist and member of Rojava Solidarity Montreal. Among other things, we talked about the current situation in Rojava (a Kurdish autonomous zone in northern Syria), the role of women in the struggle, and the importance of music in inspiring resistance. Continue reading

The Rebel Beat Podcast 060 – Happy Smashy MayDay with Submedia!


May 1st in Montreal, during the 2012 student strike


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HAPPY MAYDAY, PROLES!! Welcome back to our weekly podcast of The Rebel Beat! This week, it’s our special to honour May 1st! Celebrated all around the world by masses of workers, downtrodden, unemployed, rebels, and all of us hungry for a better world, May Day is a day to celebrate all of our struggles and resistance against capitalism, patriarchy, racism, and any other force that keeps us down.

Frank from Submedia.TV was back in studio with us for our last collaboration at CKUT! As usual, he brought in some amazing tunes to big-up workers AND non-workers struggles, and also an awesome interview on the current #NuitDebout movement in France. Continue reading

Big News For The Rebel Beat Podcast


Aaron Maiden at the controls in studio at CKUT Radio, Montreal.


Kind of a teary-eyed announcement here, but after having done a weekly radio show at CKUT 90.3FM for more than 10 years, I’m retiring The Rebel Beat in its current format as a weekly show on May 11th. It’s been an amazing honour and privilege to be in the CKUT studio every Wednesday night for the last decade, playing the fiercest tunes, and getting to interview amazing artists. But alas, all good things must come to an end, and so will this on May 11th.

BUT, I’m gonna be continuing the show as a podcast! It will come out on a less regular basis, but will still be the same show! So be sure to subscribe to the podcast here and be sure to get all future episodes: 



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Not only that, all the previous hundreds of hours of The Rebel Beat will be archived on our website,, so check it out if you have a long drive or a big spring cleaning coming up and need some good listening.

Big transitions in life are happening, meaning new projects in the works.

Thank you to everyone who has inspired and supported me along the way, either on Roots Rock Rebel or The Rebel Beat. Please keep making art, building community, educating the youth, inciting riots, or whatever it is you do best.


–Aaron Maiden