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

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We’re Back! Episode 093: Backxwash

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After a prolonged hiatus for most of 2019, we’re back with a brand new episode of The Rebel Beat! This one is a bit of a throwback to our old format, since it’s part of a residency we’re doing at our beloved local community radio station CKUT. So you’ll hear a lot more music here!

Special guest on the show is the delightfully militant trans rapper Backxwash. Originally from Zambia, she’s now based in Montreal. She’s been tearing up the local scene lately, from playing huge stages like Montreal’s Pride festival, to countless community benefit shows. And her new album “Deviancy” is fire!

Enjoy!

**Playlist**

 

Anderson Paak – King James

Jamila Woods – Blk girl soldier

Sa-Roc – Heaven on earth

Narcy – Superhero

Tribe Called Red – The OG

Saul Williams – Experiment

Backxwash – Devil in a moshpit

Limp Wrist – Punk ass queers

Backxwash – Don’t come to the woods

Backxwash – Burn me at the stake

Jackie Shane – Any other way

Big Freedia – Azz everywhere

G.L.O.S.S. – Masculine artifice

Femmpire – Eyes of the patriarchy

Against Me! – Transgender dysphoria blues

Nakhane – New Brighton

Las Cafeteras – La bamba rebelde

Rebel Diaz – Free the children

Soul Jazz Orchestra – General Strike

Episode 092: Big Announcements for 2019

 

This is our last episode of the Rebel Beat for 2018, and we have some big news about the podcast as we head into 2019. Ryan Harvey of Firebrand records joins us to talk about that news, plus some of his favorite music of the year, and what it means to be a working-class musician at the dawn of 2019.

We give a special shout out to the Unist’ot’en Camp, who are on high alert as they fight a court injunction to force a pipeline through their Indigenous territory. Support them and get informed here!

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**Playlist**

 
Snotty Nose Rez Kids – Warriors
Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings – Tear it down
Ryan Harvey, Kareem Samara, Shireen Lillith – See it through
Ryan, Kareem, Shireen – Thin blue border
Ryan and Shireen – Light in the morning
Ryan Harvey w/ Ani DiFranco and Tom Morello – Old man Trump
Jeremy Dutcher -Mehcinut
Emel Mathlouthi – Ma Lkit
Ryan, Kareem, Shireen – Come back stronger
The Clash – (White man) in Hammersmith Palais

 

Episode 091: 18 Year Old Xiuhtezcatl Throwing Down for The Land & People

 

What’s up! Welcome to the latest edition of The Rebel Beat for November 2018! Our special guest on the show this month is Xiuhtezcatl! Xiuhtezcatl is maybe the busiest, fiercest, and most accomplished 18-year old we’ve ever spoken with. He’s an Indigenous hip-hop artist based out of Boulder, Colorado, a youth activist, and he’s even written a book on resisting climate change. A huge inspiration dropping beats that the next 7 generations can revolt to.

 

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In our Turn It Up segment, we give mad respect to Benjamin Zephaniah, a British dub poet who recently turned down an offer to be the UK’s poet laureate. Check out the article, and Zephaniah’s righteous response here.

Playlist

Narcy – Fake news

Marc Ribot & Steve Earle – Srinivas

Xiuhtezcatl – Young

Xiuhtezcatl – Magic

Xiuhtezcatl – Broken

Xiuhtezcatl – Sage Up

Xiuhtezcatl – Break Free

Benjamin Zephaniah – I am a revolutionary

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Gritty: The Anti-Fascist Hockey Hero – Changing On The Fly

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Hey Rebel Beat listeners!

We interrupt our regular programming to bring you another episode of Changing On The Fly, Aaron’s other podcast, that we think you’re gonna love. Check it!


How did Gritty, the new mascot for the Philadelphia Flyers, become the new mascot for the American anti-fascist movement? Gritty is a huge, ugly, scary orange monster, who comes to us at a time when there is an equally huge, ugly, scary orange monster in the White House.

We’re joined on this episode by Mark Bray, history professor & the author of “Antifa: The Anti-Fascist Handbook” to talk about Gritty, hockey, and what the antifa movement actually is. Since we’re talking about Pennsylvania and fascism, we also reflect on the recent tragic synagogue shooting in Pittsburgh, and pay our respects to the victims. May their memories be for a blessing.

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The Rebel Beat 090: The Union Thugs, Music, and Direct Action

 

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Welcome to the latest episode of The Rebel Beat!

Straight outta the ranks of Montreal’s Wobblies, we’ve got an interview with The Union Thugs. The Union Thugs are a folk-punk band who take a page from the little red song book, and give a nod to the great working class music heroes like Woody Guthrie and Billy Bragg. The Union Thugs feel most at home playing on today’s picket lines, using their bodies and their instruments to clog the wheels of capitalism. Bosses, beware!

 

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On our Turn It Up segment, we give a shout-out to Rihanna, who refused an offer to play at the 2019 Super Bowl in solidarity with Colin Kaepernick.
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Oh, and a huge solidarity shout-out to the Canadian Union of Postal Workers, who are on strike this week! Up the posties!!

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**Playlist**

Pete Seeger – Talking Union      The Ex – Bourgeois Blues
Union Thugs – Solidarity
Union Thugs – Union Maid
Union Thugs – War on the workers
Union Thugs – Juillet 1936
Union Thugs – Solidarity forever
Mary J Blige feat. Kendrick Lamar – 41 Shots (American skin)

 

 

 

 

Changing On The Fly Episode 1: This Game We Love, On Stolen Land

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Hey Rebel Beat listeners! We interrupt our regular programming to bring you something special – the very first episode of Changing On The Fly, Aaron’s new podcast on hockey and radical politics!

If you want to follow along with all future episodes, subscribe to Changing On The Fly now wherever you get your podcasts (Apple, Spotify, Stitcher, Google Play, etc.)

If you enjoy Changing On The Fly, and want to support it, head over here to our Patreon page!

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On this episode, we lace up the skates and hit the ice to talk about colonialism in hockey, and the Indigenous hockey experience. What does it mean to call hockey “Canada’s game” while Canada is a country built on stolen Native land? We’re gonna take a deep dive into hockey’s role in Canada’s residential schools, the presence of Native mascots in sports, and the changing role of Indigenous hockey players in the NHL today.

To help us pick apart these huge questions, we hear from:

-Braden Te Hiwi. Te Hiwi is an Indigenous Maori academic, originally from New Zealand, who now teaches as an assistant professor in the Department of Kinesiology at Lakehead University in Thunder Bay, ON. He co-authored an incredible paper on the history of hockey at the Pelican Lake Residential School in northern Ontario:
www.utpjournals.press/doi/abs/10.313…jh.ach.52.1.04

-Justin Louis is from the Samson Cree Nation of Mascwacis, Alberta, and the co-founder of Section 35, an Indigenous clothing company. Louis and Section 35 have put out a line of clothing called “Kill Mascots”, which takes aim at racist Native mascotry in sports (particularly the Chicago Blackhawks):
www.sectionthirtyfive.com/

-Jason Brennan is the producer and director of Hit the Ice, a show on the Aboriginal Peoples’ Television Nework (APTN) that follows the lives of young Indigenous hockey players. The show is now in its 6th season!
www.hittheice.tv/

To read the Calls to Action on sports from the Truth And Reconciliation Report, visit:
www.trc.ca/websites/trcinstitu…Action_English2.pdf

For more information on Changing on the Fly, or to subscribe to the podcast:
ChangingOnTheFlyPodcast.Wordpress.com

Music in this episode is by The Kendallz, DJ Spooky, A Tribe Called Red, and Ilegot.

 

The Rebel Beat 089: Alanis Obomsawin – Legendary Abenaki Musician and Filmmaker

 

On this month’s show, we bring you into the studio and into the mind of the legendary Abenaki Indigenous musician and filmmaker Alanis Obomsawin. Alanis is 85 years young, and has a prolific career with over 50 documentaries under her belt. But while many know her as an inspiring documentarian, fewer knew her as a musician. Until now.

Her album Bush Lady, originally recorded at CBC in the 80s, was just re-issued this year on Constellation Records, and we got a chance to have an intimate and emotional conversation about this brilliant work.

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An iconic still from Obomsawin’s documentary “Kanehsatake: 270 of Resistance” from the NFB

 

We also catch up with Frank from Submedia to talk about their latest episode, and we’ve got an exciting announcement about Aaron’s new podcast, Changing On The Fly.

In our Turn It Up segment, we give a shout-out to Jeremy Dutcher, an Indigenous Wolastoq musician whose album “Wolastoqiyik Lintuwakonawa” just won the Polaris Prize for best Canadian album of 2018! Mazel tov, Jeremy!

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Obomsawin in her office at the NFB, holding the sleeve of her album “Bush Lady”. Photo: Aaron Lakoff

 

**Playlist**
Marc Ribot & Tom Waits – Bella ciao
Alanis Obomsawin – Odana
Alanis Obomsawin – Bush lady pt. I
Alanis Obomsawin – Bush lady pt. II
Alanis Obomsawin – Theo pt. II
Jeremy Dutcher – Mehcinut

 

 

 

*For more on sports and radical politics, check out our episode with Dave Zirin:
rebelbeatradio.com/2017/03/15/the-…edge-of-sports/

 

The Rebel Beat 088: Kimmortal on Pipelines, Power, and Vancouver’s Finest FemmeC’s

 

On Episode 88 of The Rebel Beat, we have the pleasure of meeting Kimmortal. Kimmortal is a queer non-binary pilipinx artist based on unceded, unsurrendered Coast Salish Territories also known as Vancouver, BC (Canada). Her music is an inspiring mix of hip-hop, RnB, and guitar-driven pop, all with a radical, empowering message. Check Kimmortal out!

In our Turn It Up segment, we give props to Lee Reed, who just dropped his “Steal City EP” to support a tenant strike against gentrification in his hometown of Hamilton, Ontario. Go check it out, and support the class war on the dancefloor!

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* Playlist *
Jasiri X – The whitest house
Tom Morello – Rabbit’s revenge (feat. Killer Mike, Big Boi, Bassnectar)
Kimmortal – I’m blue
Kimmortal – Doodle #1
Kimmortal – She
Kimmortal – Jungle (feat. Jillthy and Missy D)
Kimmortal – 88 and Beyond
Lee Reed – Too ambitious