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Welcome back to another weekly podcast of The Rebel Beat! Our special guest on the program this week is rabble-rouser and radical folk-singer Ryan Harvey. With the unplugged story-telling of traditional American folk music, the compassionate alarm of early peace punk, and the lyrical punch of modern hiphop, Ryan’s songs are situated between the streets, the radical bookstores and cafes, and the basement punk show. From Baltimore, Maryland, he has taken his powerful, insightful, and humorous songs and stories of activism and political analysis around the world for a decade, visiting 19 countries and performing in some of the epicenters of recent uprisings including Cairo, Athens, Madrid, Reykjavík, and Lisbon.
In very exciting news, Ryan just launched a brand new record label with Tom Morello of Rage Against the Machine fame, called Firebrand Records. Firebrand features and impressive roster of artists, all who contribute radical political message through their art. Be sure to check out their very first compilation streaming now!
We chatted with Ryan about Firebrand Records, the Baltimore uprisings, and the challenges of making anti-capitalist music in a very capitalist world.
Hope you enjoy!
Playlist – July 8 2015
Son of Nun – Free Palestine
DAM – Born here (remix)
Brixton Cats – Palestine
The Selecter – Breakdown
The Specials – Ghost town
Hot 8 Brass Band – Ghost town
Ryan Harvey – Toss & turn
Interview with Ryan Harvey
Son of Nun – It’s like that
Ramy Essam – Foul caviar
Bell’s Roar – Been so long
Ryan Harvey – Light in the morning (feat. RAAST, Bell’s Roar)
Outernational – Deportees (feat. Tom Morello)
Rage Against the Machine – Know Your Enemy
Heathers – Downtown cop
Downtown Boys – Break a few eggs
Refused – Elektra
Propagandhi – Technocracy
Sammus – Three fifths
Las Cafeteras – La bamba rebelde (remix)
Zebda – Le bruit et l’odeur (live)
Nina Simone – Funkier than a mosquito’s tweeter (remix)