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Happy new year! Welcome to the first podcast of The Rebel Beat for 2016! It’s gonna be a great year for this show, filled with tons of interviews, special guests, and top-notch revolutionary music.
We wanted to start the year off with a bang by going back to a record label that was extremely influential for prairie punks and radicals of all stripes in so-called “Canada”, and further afield. G7 Welcoming Committee records was started back in 1997 in Winnipeg by members of Propagandhi, The Weakerthans, and other activist/musicians from central Canada. Up until 2010, it was putting out some of the best radical music, books, and spoken word CDs around. In fact, plenty of the music that we’ve featured on The Rebel Beat is from releases that G7 put out.
Since it’s been just over 5 years since the label ceased operations, we wanted to go back to revisit some of the catalogue in detail, and give it the respect and admiration it deserves.
This retrospective will be the first in a series of features we’re doing on radical music labels, so stay tuned this year for a few more, or subscribe to the fuckin’ podcast!
Here, we play a bunch of G7’s artists, get a snippet from their amazing podcast “Escape Velocity Radio“, and check in with Derek Hogue, one of the founding members of the label, to get his point of view of the collective’s highs and lows.
Playlist – January 6, 2016
Propagandhi – Dear Coach’s Corner
Giant Sons – Coniferous
The Weakerthans – My favourite chords
Greg Macpherson – Company store
The Rebel Spell – December 8th 1980
Propagandhi – Name and address withheld
Clann Zu – From Bethlehem to Jenin
Submission Hold – Final coup of the last milenium
Warsawpack – Year of the car crash
Interview with Warsawpack
Consolidated – Fractured fairytales
Subhumans – World at war
Anne Hansen – The Litton bombing
The (International) Noise Conspiracy – Black mask
Ward Churchill – Law serves order
Malefaction – Fighting the national security state
I Spy – Cowboy and Indians
GFK – The end of our contribution to modern slavery
Rhythm Activism – In the darkest hour
Noam Chomsky – Freedom fighters and terrorism
Bakunin’s Bum – People already know
Greg Macpherson Band – Kingston
Che Chapter 127 – The choicelessness parade
Swallowing Shit – Pro-abortion, anti-Christ
Propagandhi – I am a rifle