Episode 101: Brivele & Anti-Fascist Klezmer from Then ‘Til Now

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Today we’re going back in time in a way and exploring some Yiddish radical classic tunes with Brivele! Brivele is a Seattle-based anti-fascist klezmer folk-punk trio who braid together oral history, Yiddish language, contemporary and old-country musical genres, American Vaudeville, and visual arts. Check out their Bandcamp page here!

 
I had a chance to speak with two members of the band a while ago, Stefanie and Maia, and they talk about the lineage of this music, and why it’s just as important to be putting out anti-fascist klezmer today as it was 100 years ago.

 
Video of members of Brivele playing with “Yiddishists Against Prisons” in Val-David, Quebec in 2019.

 
After 100 episodes of The Rebel Beat, we selected our top 5! Read the post on our website here.

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Playlist
Brivele – Bread and roses
Brivele – Hungry Yid
Brivele – FTP in der Gasn
Brivele – Oy Zionists

After 100 Episodes of The Rebel Beat, We Select our Top 5

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We just hit a huge milestone for The Rebel Beat podcast on May 1st when we dropped the 100th episode of this show.  As you may know, I launched this show back in February 2015 as a live radio show on CKUT community radio in Montreal.

The Rebel Beat morphed out of a previous radio show I had been hosting for almost a decade prior, Roots Rock Rebel. Roots Rock Rebel was ska, punk, and reggae show. While it always had a political bent to it, I really wanted to change it up and build a show that centred radical politics in music. The powerful uprising and riots against police brutality in Ferguson in 2014 were really the catalyst for making this change, and hence The Rebel Beat was born.

Originally The Rebel Beat was a weekly show that aired every Wednesday from 10pm-12am on CKUT. As a weekly show, it was easy to churn out a ton of episodes, but it also involved an extreme amount of labour to research music on specific themes or topics, book interviews, research those interviews, haul crates of records down to the station every week…. you get the picture.

So in 2016 I made the hard decision to pull the show from the FM radio airwaves, and instead keep it up as a monthly podcast. Along the way, I joined forces with Firebrand Records, got to speak with some of my musical heroes, and kept producing a show that I really love and believe in.

So on this milestone of 100 episodes, I wanted to look back and select my 5 favourites. If you’re new to this podcast, these 5 are a great place to start. Continue reading

Episode 100: A Mayday Love Letter and Collective Playlist

 

 

 

 

 

This is it! We’ve finally reached the milestone of 100 episodes of The Rebel Beat. And to make it all the more sweet, this is our Mayday special!

Franklin Lopez, long-time anarchist agitator, video ninja, and founder of Submedia is back to co-host as we discuss the history of The Rebel Beat, the significance of Mayday, the Wet’suwet’en uprising against pipelines, and staying rebellious in these pandemic times.

PLUS, we have a ton of Mayday greetings and shoutouts from artists and rebels all over the world! So this episode is part collective playlist, and part collective love letter from us to you on this socially-distant Mayday.

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Tracklist

Brivele – Bread and roses

Geoff Berner – Dalloy polizei

The Mayday Orchestra – Center of the storm

Lia Rose – We are the ones

Ramy Essam – Hela hela

Chumbawamba – Voices that’s all

Dolly Parton – 9-5

A Tribe Called Red – Land Back

Rebel Diaz – Which side are you on? (Remix)

Immortal Technique – 3rd world

Leslie Fish – Bella ciao

The Proclaimers – The Joyful Kilmarnock Blues

Ana Tijoux – Antifa dance

Lee Reed – The rents

Kareem Samara – Light for S.H.

Norman Nawrocki – We are pickers and packers

Dennis Brown – Revolution

Pat Kelly – The workman’s song

Victor Rice – Bebida

Union Thugs – Héros et martyrs

Episode 99: Irreversible Entanglements

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Irreversible Entanglements are a liberation-oriented free jazz collective formed in early 2015 by saxophonist Keir Neuringer, poet Camae Ayewa (a.k.a. Moor Mother) and bassist Luke Stewart, who came together to perform at a Musicians Against Police Brutality event organized after the slaying of Akai Gurley by the NYPD. Their music is soothing, chaotic, powerful, and deeply rooted in movements for Black freedom and resistance.

Today on the Rebel Beat we’re joined by Keir and Luke from the band who join us from Philly and Washington D.C. respectively to talk about their new album “Who sent you?”, band life under lockdown, and the radical politics of jazz improvisation. Enjoy!

Episode 100 will be coming out on May Day (May 1st), and we want to hear from you! Send us your audio Mayday greetings to rebel@ckut.ca by April 27th

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Tracklist

Charles Mingus – Better git hit in your soul

De La Soul – Say no go

Irreversible Entanglements – Fireworks

Irreversible Entanglements – Who sent you / Ritual

Irreversible Entanglements – Chicago to Texas

Irreversible Entanglements – The Code Noir / Amina

Irreversible Entanglements – No mas

 

Be Part of our MayDay Special! Send us your audio MayDay greetings!

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This year we’re putting together another special Mayday episode of The Rebel Beat podcast. As in past years, we’re hoping to compile a bunch of audio recorded Mayday greetings from listeners around the world. We’re really hoping to give some much-needed Mayday inspiration in a really hard year for the world. PLUS, our MayDay special will also be our 100th episode – even more reason to celebrate!

Do you think you could send us a 60-90 second recorded Mayday greeting by Monday, April 27?

You can get creative with it, but basically, just your name, location, why Mayday is important to you, and then your Mayday song (if you have one). Your greeting can end with “My Mayday song is….”. Don’t worry about downloading or sending us the song file – as long as we can find it on Youtube, we’ll download it (but emailing a link won’t hurt).

You can record the audio on your phone, computer, USB mic, reel to reel, whatevs, and send it in any audio format. By email, you can send it to rebel [at] ckut.ca.

Thanks for considering this, and really hoping you can be part of it!

Episode 98 – Snotty Nose Rez Kids

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The Snotty Nose Rez Kids, an Indigenous hip-hop duo hailing from the Haisla nation, join us to chop it up about their new EP “Born Deadly”, the #ShutDownCanada movement against pipelines and artist life under COVID-19.

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Tracklist – Snotty Nose Rez Kids : 

Real Deadly

Warriors

Cops with guns are the worst!!!

KKKanada

Boujee Natives

Skoden

Episode 97 – An Update From Wet’suwet’en

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Happy new year! And welcome back to another edition of The Rebel Beat. On this edition, I wanted to share a radio program I guest-hosted on CKUT radio in Montreal, Funky Revolutions. What you’re about to hear is a 2 hour music mix of funky soul, hip-hop, reggae, and folk, with a special focus on the struggle against pipelines on Wet’suwet’en territory.

We’re joined by Jennifer Wickam (35:00), a Wet’suwet’en land defender who has been holding it down at the Gidimden checkpoint. The tension has been high over the last few weeks as RCMP police are poised to attack the community yet again.

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Playlist

LaBelle – Moon shadow

Buffy Sainte Marie – Now that the buffalo’s gone

Willie Dunn – I pity the country

John Trudell – Rich man’s war

Alanis Obomsawin – Odana

A Tribe Called Red – Stadium pow wow

Interview with Jennifer Wickam

JB the First Lady – Front lines

Snotty Nose Rez Kids – Son of a matriarch

Rapsody (feat Gza) – Ibtihaj

A Tribe Called Quest – Left my wallet in El Segundo

Amerigo Gazaway – Peculiar mathematics

Otis Redding – The glory of love

Carla Thomas – B-A-B-Y

Jackie Shane – Sticks and Stones

Bruxas – Plantas falsas

Nanku Phiri – Sifo

Ibibio Sound Machine – The chant

Roland Alphonso – Guantanamera ska

Nora Dean – Barbed wire

Junior Murvin – Cool out son

Macka B – Never played a 45

 

Episode 96 – Natural Sympathies

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Natural Sympathies is the solo project of the talented & visionary artist Amber Goodwyn. It is synth-pop with deep hooks and layering, powerful lyrics, and a very danceable live show. Amber is a musician, a mother, a community radio programmer, and a feminist. She joins us on this episode of the Rebel Beat all the way from Regina, Saskatchewan to talk about the intersection of all these things. Look out for her new album “Porous” on the way this fall from Grey Records.

 

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** Playlist **

Moor Mother – Black Flight (Saul Williams)

Dreams nails – Fascism is coming

Natural Sympathies – Space invaders

Natural Sympathies – All wrong

Natural Sympathies – Late summer

Natural Sympathies – Hello

Natural Sympathies – Pretty Impossible

Natural Sympathies – High road

Sons of Kemet – In the castle of my skin

Episode 95 – Josh MacPhee’s Encyclopedia of Political Record Labels

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Josh MacPhee does beautiful art. He is a member of the Justseeds collective, and if you love their work, you might have some of his prints up on your wall. In recent years, Josh has turned his focus from visual art and graphic design to revolutionary music, and he is the author of the forthcoming book “An Encyclopedia of Political Record Labels” from Common Notions Press. The book is a glorious work of deep research and stunning design. He joins us on the Rebel Beat to dive deep into his book, and the propaganda potential of record labels.

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The book is out in October 2019, and you can pre-order your copy here!

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In our Turn It Up segment, we give a nod to Egyptian rebel musician Ramy Essam, who is fighting to get many of his band-mates and artistic collaborators out of jail. Find out all about the campaign around his song “Balaha” here.

Episode 94 – Egyptian Rebel Tunes

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Welcome back to another episode of The Rebel Beat! This episode is reminiscent of the old format of this show, 2 hours of live radio, done at our beloved CKUT radio in Montreal during a residency Aaron was doing for the Montreal Sessions.

Our special guest on the program is one of Egypt’s top studio guitarists and rebel musicians, Weka Soliman. You’ll definitely be hearing more about Weka’s story in the weeks to come on this show, but for now, enjoy this episode as he guides us through Egypt’s vast world of underground music.

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Playlist

Sam Shalabi & Stefan Christoff – Elephantine

Wyvern – The clown

El Dor El Awal – Raqs el hawanem

Wust el Balad – Ya jzera

Al kahwa – Al kahwa

Wust el Balad – Magnoun

Mohamed Adawya – Kam so’al

Ramy Essam  – Seadna el naby

Ramy Essam – Foul caviar

Ryan Harvey, Kareem Samara, Shireen Lilith – Egypt

Ramy Essam – Segn bel alwan

Mohamed Adawya – Kan ya makan

Black Theama – Fe balad el ay haga

Mashrou’ Leila – Calvalry

Special Ops – Dead are calling

Narcy feat. Mashrou’ Leila – Time