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!

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And finally, we end with our “Turn it Up” segment, where we look at an exciting example of a musician or band who are using their platform to take a stand against injustice. Today, we give a nod to the Toronto-based band The Highest Order, whose song “Keep a Window Open” turns our attention to the injustices of immigration detention, especially at a time when over 50 migrant detainees are on hunger strike in Canada.

Playlist:

Johnny Cash – San Quentin (live)
Bob Dylan – George Jackson (accoustic version)
Ana Tijoux – Calaveritas
Prophets of Rage – Prophets of Rage
Nomadic Massive – Duty
Nomadic Massive – Pan Am
Nomadic Massive – Konba
Strange Froots (feat. Tshizimba, Malika Tirolien) – Afro punkass
The Highest Order – Keep a window open

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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 rebel@ckut.ca.

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!

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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

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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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Other podcast platforms

Not only that, all the previous hundreds of hours of The Rebel Beat will be archived on our website, www.rebelbeatradio.com, 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

The Rebel Beat Podcast 059 – Howl Arts Festival Inspires Montreal

 

 

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Boom! Welcome back to another weekly edition of The Rebel Beat! Just a reminder that in a few weeks, we sadly won’t be doing this on a weekly basis any more, so if you haven’t subscribed to the podcast yet, do it now on iTunes or Stitcher! And, no matter where you subscribe, be sure to leave us a review and rating!

This week on the program, we bring you an overview of the annual Howl Arts Festival in Montreal. If you’re not familiar with the Howl Arts collective, they are a grouping of radical activists and artists in Montreal, trying to bridge the divides between culture and social movements. Not only do they put on amazing concerts and release amazing music, but they also organize interventions where artists speak out against gentrification, austerity, and police brutality. All said, we have a lot affinity with them here at The Rebel Beat. Continue reading

The Rebel Beat Podcast 058 – Di Nigunim’s legacy of anarcho-klezmer-punk

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Hello! And welcome back to another weekly podcast of The Rebel Beat!

We start off with a big announcement this week. As of May 11th, The Rebel Beat will actually no longer be a weekly show. Yeah… I know! Sad, right? But here’s why:

I (Aaron) have been doing a weekly radio show at the mighty CKUT radio every Wednesday night now for over 10 years! The podcasts that you hear here are LIVE radio. I’ve loved getting my anarchist butt into the CKUT studio once a week for the last 10 years to bring this show to our devoted local listenership on the FM, as well as all of you who visit our website or subscribe to the podcast.

But like so many good things, nothing lasts forever. Cliché, but kinda true. I’m retiring from the show in its weekly format,  BUT, we will be continuing it as a less-regular podcast. It will still be awesome. It will still be revolutionary. We’ll still strive to bring you interviews with mind-blowing radical artists. And yes, from time to time, we’ll even bring The Stimulator back into studio for some trouble-making.

So, if you haven’t already done so, MAKE SURE YOU SUBSCRIBE TO OUR PODCAST!

You can get it on iTunes here, via Stitcher here, or on any of your other favourite podcast platforms here. Continue reading

The Rebel Beat Podcast 057 – Queer Cold Wave

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Welcome back to the latest edition of The Rebel Beat!

Our very special guest on the show this week is Marianna Szczygielska, aka DJ Cyborg Monkey! Marianna is a queer-feminist DJ, originally from Poland, and now based out of Budapest, Hungary.

DJ Cyborg Monkey is a mainstay on the radical queer music scene in Budapest, and a member of the feminist space Klit. Continue reading