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Oooohhh shit! It’s that time of year again! The trees are budding, birds are chirping, the people are rising, and Mayday is upon us. Every year, May 1st is celebrated in most parts of the world as International Workers’ Day. It’s a day to celebrate not only labour struggles, but all fights against oppression and ecocide. In many cities, there are Mayday protests and celebrations of all kinds, so wherever you are, find your nearest one, get out there in the streets, and STRIKE!
This week on the podcast, we welcome back our regular collaborator, co-conspirator, and friend, Frank of Submedia! As usual, Frank comes loaded with a wicked “fuck work” themed playlist of Mayday tunes, plus we hear an interview he did recently with Fannie and Brice from the Printemps 2015 committee in Montreal. This committee has been behind many of the amazing student strikes and actions in Quebec over the last few weeks, and they’re also gearing up for some pretty major Mayday stuff. Check ’em out!
Plus, in case you missed it, we did a special on Quebecois resistance music on Podcast 010 of The Rebel Beat.
Ah yes! And if you’re in or near Montreal, don’t miss The Rebel Beat launch party this Saturday May 2nd at l’Escogriffe (4467 St-Denis)! It’s got a lineup of amazing radical artists, and makes for your perfect post-Mayday party. See you on the dancefloor!
Playlist – April 29 2015
Nina Simone – Baltimore
The Tamlins – Baltimore
Steel Pulse – No justice no peace
Yasiin Bey – Where are we?
Brother Ali – Uncle Sam goddam
Vic Ruggiero, Jack Wright, Maddie Ruthless – There is power
Utah Phillips – Dump the bosses
Screechy Dan – Raise your glass (fi di workin class)
Saul Williams – List of demands
Tchkung! – Smash things up
The Coup – 5 million ways to kill a CEO
Bambu – Minimum wage
Sweatshop Union – Labour pains
Dead Prez – Hell yeah
King Missile – Take stuff from work
Rude Mechanical Orchestra – The internationale
Emrical – Gad kijan
Interview with Fannie and Brice from the Printemps 2015 Committee
Banda Bassotti – El pueblo unido
Ska-P – Vals del obrero
Talco – Bella ciao
Keny Arkana – Indignados
Lisa Simpson – Union strike folk song
United Steelworkers of Montreal – Rise up