The Rebel Beat Se2 Ep8: Sundus Abdul Hadi – We Are The Medium

 

Welcome to our monthly edition of The Rebel Beat podcast for February 2017!

We are your monthly dose of revolution radio, anthems, hymns, and beats to put up a wall of sound against racism, Islamophobia, borders, and the orange menace.

We have a first on The Rebel Beat this month! I interviewed a visual artist for the first time – usually I just interview musicians. But we’re going to be hearing from Sundus Abdul Hadi, a brilliant Iraqi-Canadian artist based in Montreal, and member of We Are the Medium, an amazing platform and collective of multi-media artists of colour. We talked about everything from the urgency of our times, to art, to self-care. Plus, Sundus has an open call for submissions for an upcoming exhibit she’s curating called “Take Care of Yourself”. Check it here!

 

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“The Forgotten”, Acrylic on canvas, Sundus Abdul Hadi (2008)

 

 

On the show, we also bring you some Firebrand Records news, and bring you an exclusive new track from Ryan Harvey, Kareem Samara, and Shireen! The tune is a hauntingly powerful homage to the Egyptian revolution.

And finally, in our Turn It Up segment, we look at the Tribe Called Quest performance at the Grammy Awards, where busted through a border wall with Busta Rhymes in defiance of the Trump Muslim Ban.

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Playlist

Body Count – No Lives Matter
Narcy & Meryem Saci – Hey!
Omar Offendum – Damascus
Sandhill – Ojala (Inshallah)
Arab Summit – Tomorrow’s justice
Ryan Harvey, Kareem Samara, Shireen – Hadd Il Layl
A Tribe Called Quest – The space program

 

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The Rebel Beat Se2 Ep7: Norman Nawrocki – Bakunin’s Bum to Rat King

Hey listeners, welcome back to another edition of The Rebel Beat, a Firebrand Records podcast! We are your monthly one-stop anti-shopping for everything about politics, revolution, and music – class war on the dancefloor.

Our special guest on this month’s show is the long-time anarchist agitator violinist Norman Nawrocki. You might know Norman as one of the founding membelegendoftheratking_72rs of Rhythm Activism or Bakunin’s Bum in Montreal, or you might know him from his prolific poetry and prose. He just released his most recent illustrated novel “The Legend of the Rat King” on AK Press, and we met up with him in his Montreal apartment to talk about that, and more.

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Also on this show, we do a bit of a non-exhaustive “best of 2016” list, talk about the #J20 demos against Trump’s inauguration, and finally on our Turn it Up segment, we look at the Indigenous music label Revolutions Per Minute (RPM-FM):
www.rpm.fm

Enjoy!

*Playlist*
A Tribe Called Red feat. Saul Williams – The Virus
Nomadic Massive – Fade to grey
Run The Jewels – A report to the shareholders: kill your masters
Oi Polloi – The face
Prophets of Rage – The party’s over
One Speed Bike – Yuppie restaurant-goers beware because this song is for the dishwasher
Norman Nawrocki – Ne pas plier
Norman Nawrocki – Why am I an anarchist?
DaZoque! – Serb bird
Rhythm Activism – Jesus was gay
Cistem Failure – Boot on your face
Boogey The Beat – Bear song
Leanne Betasamosake Simpson – These two

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Extra: Podcasters & Propagandists

 

Back in October, we at the Rebel Beat had the honour of participating in an amazing panel discussion put on by the Interference Archive in Brooklyn, New York.

In case you missed it, you can have a listen to the whole panel here! Full description of the panel below. And be sure to subscribe to the Interference Archive’s podcast, “Audio Interference”, here:

Panel description: 

To mark the occasion of the launch of Season 2 of Audio Interference, we hosted a panel discussion on the use of podcasts as propaganda and community building tools. The event was held at Interference Archive on October 4, 2016. Panelists included:

-Julie Golia, Director of Public History at Brooklyn Historical Society and co-host and producer of Flatbush + Main
-Zaheer Ali, Oral Historian at Brooklyn Historical Society and co-host and producer of Flatbush + Main
-Aaron Lakoff, curator and host of Rebel Beat
-Kaitlin Prest, creative director and host of The Heart, a podcast and art project exploring love, bodies, gender and sexuality distributed by Radiotopia by PRX
-Tennessee Jane Watson, a reporter, artist and educator, who produces audio documentaries, oral histories, sound installations and youth media projects
-Mark Winston Griffith, Executive Director at Brooklyn Movement Center and co-host and co-producer of The Third Rail.

The panel was moderated by Louise Barry, one of the creators of Audio Interference.

Music: “Picture Book” by Dave Depper, courtesy of the Free Music Archive. Produced by Interference Archive.

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The Rebel Beat Se.2 Ep.6: RodStarz of Rebel Diaz

 

On this edition of The Rebel Beat, we bring you to the streets of The Bronx. We met up with RodStarz, one half of the prolific revolutionary hip-hop duo Rebel Diaz, at the Madres en Movimiento community space that they help to run. Surrounded by radical books, recording equipment, and movement murals, we talked about the history of hip-hop in the Bronx, community spaces (such as the Rebel Diaz Arts Collective), gentrification, and much more. Continue reading

The Rebel Beat Se.2 Ep.5: Oi Polloi!

 

American elections got you down? Then it sounds like you need a good dose of revolutionary music! Never fear, because we’re back with the latest edition of The Rebel Beat, a Firebrand Records podcast!

Our special guest on the show this week is the raging Scotish anarcho-punk
band Oi Polloi! They’ve been churning out 100% anti-fascist street-crust since 1981, and they show no signs of slowing down. Aaron caught up with them while they were in Montreal for Revolution Fest, and we’ll hear an in-depth conversation on everything from Brexit and Scotish independence, to protecting Gaelic and other Indigenous languages, to BASHING THE FASH! Continue reading

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 www.patreon.com/rebelbeatradio 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!
artfundsarttour.com

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:
www.laxuula.com/

Playlist:
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!
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Love and solidarity,
Aaron

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!
www.thejuicemedia.com

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.

Enjoy!

 

Tracklist

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