Well folks, this is it. The last train. The final curtain. 9 amazing years of doing Roots Rock Rebel, countless interviews with ska, reggae, and punk bands from all over the world, and endless good memories. It’s time for me, your host, Aaron Maiden, to switch gears creatively a bit, so I’m launching a brand new show, The Rebel Beat, next week. But for one last time, here is Roots Rock Rebel!
I tried to pack in all of my favorite ska bands on this last podcast, with a heavy emphasis on my hometown, Montreal, which in my humble opinion, still boasts one of the best ska scenes in the world.
You’ll hear music here from many artists who have been interviewed on the show over the years, and some of my favorite memories.
This is the Roots Rock Rebel podcast for January 21, 2015 – our second last one ever! We previewed some new tunes from the Hub City Stompers album “Life After Death”, hot off the press from Stubborn Records, plus a set of Puerto Rican and Mexican ska, and some of our favorite Montreal ska bands such as The Kingpins, Danny Rebel and the KGB, and the Fundamentals. Enjoy!
I’ve been busy over the last couple weeks getting ready to launch The Rebel Beat on February 4th. Huge things are coming your way! I’m really excited with how the show is taking shape.
First up, the podcast is ready to go, and you can subscribe to it via the iTunes store today by clicking here! You can also find our podcast RSS feed here to subscribe with other podcast clients. That way, when we launch in February, you can be sure to get your digital fill.
For February, we’re gonna be doing a special series for Black History Month, looking at incredible movements like #BlackLivesMatter and the music that has sprung from them. We’ve already confirmed amazing guests such as former political prisoner and Black Panther Ashanti Alston, as well as DJ Andy Williams, who will be spinning records and talking about jazz and the Civil Rights Movement. Our very first guest we’re gonna have on the show on February 4 is so epic that I can’t even name them here, but SHIT IS GONNA BE OFF THE CHAIN!
We also have a monthly collaboration with Submedia, a wicked anarchist video collective, with an extensive knowledge of riotous beats and insurrection music. Tune in for our collaboration with Submedia’s Frank Lopez on February 11.
Last but not least, we’re also lining up interviews with Kevin “Sipreano” Howes on the phenomenal new compilation “Native North America vol. 1”, Simone Schmidt from Fiver (and formerly 100 Dollars), and southern Ontario’s rebel MC Lee Reed (formerly of Warsawpack).
So there you go. The Rebel Beat coming at you large starting February 4th on CKUT. This train is bound for glory!
Roots Rock Rebel for January 14, 2015. It’s our first podcast of the new year! And we announce some big news that we’re winding down with Roots Rock Rebel. The show is getting a complete make-over starting in February, and will be called The Rebel Beat. Check out the new site for more info!
But for this week’s show, we bring you 2 hours of strictly vinyl ska, reggae, soul, and punk!
Ben West is E.D. at Tanker Free BC (formerly with the Western Canada Wilderness Society and Forest Ethics) and he’s writing a crowdfunded book focussing on alternatives to expansion of Alberta’s Tarsands and other fossil fuel projects. We talk about lifestyle changes we can all embrace, and ways to get involved with municipal and other political processes to encourage them to offer up better options. Then, Chris Cook focuses on Haiti’s 5 year earthquake anniversary and what’s going on there. Finally, CKUT programmer Aaron Maiden and the launch of his new program – Rebel Beat Radio – to showcase progressive activist music from all genres, and throughout history.
To all the Roots Rock Rebel listeners, fans, supporters,
To all the rude boys, rude girls, punks, mods, and rockers,
I have some bittersweet news. After broadcasting for 9 years, Roots Rock Rebel will be no more after January 2015. It has been an incredible passion and honour for me to serve the local and international ska, punk, and reggae scenes with this show, interviewing bands from around the world, and giving space to promote underground artists.
I am going to carry on doing a radio show and podcast every Wednesday from 10pm-12am on CKUT, but the show is getting a total overhaul. So I’m very excited to introduce to all of you – The Rebel Beat.