The Rebel Beat Podcast 058 – Di Nigunim’s legacy of anarcho-klezmer-punk


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Hello! And welcome back to another weekly podcast of The Rebel Beat!

We start off with a big announcement this week. As of May 11th, The Rebel Beat will actually no longer be a weekly show. Yeah… I know! Sad, right? But here’s why:

I (Aaron) have been doing a weekly radio show at the mighty CKUT radio every Wednesday night now for over 10 years! The podcasts that you hear here are LIVE radio. I’ve loved getting my anarchist butt into the CKUT studio once a week for the last 10 years to bring this show to our devoted local listenership on the FM, as well as all of you who visit our website or subscribe to the podcast.

But like so many good things, nothing lasts forever. Cliché, but kinda true. I’m retiring from the show in its weekly format,  BUT, we will be continuing it as a less-regular podcast. It will still be awesome. It will still be revolutionary. We’ll still strive to bring you interviews with mind-blowing radical artists. And yes, from time to time, we’ll even bring The Stimulator back into studio for some trouble-making.

So, if you haven’t already done so, MAKE SURE YOU SUBSCRIBE TO OUR PODCAST!

You can get it on iTunes here, via Stitcher here, or on any of your other favourite podcast platforms here.

And now, on with the show!

This week on the program, we bring you an interview with Forest and Ben, two members of the now-defunct klezmer-influenced anarcho-punk band Di Nigunim. We talked about the legacy of the band, radical traditions within Judaism and klezmer, and some of their radical activism. Plus we get to know a little bit about some of their new projects, including The Thief’s Lineage and Trash Axis.nig_t658

All that, plus a tip of the hat to Bruce Springsteen for his North Carolina boycott, plenty of radial Yiddish music, and tunes from Downtown Boys, Femmepire, Against Me!, Belgrado, and Godspeed You! Black Emperor.



Playlist – April 13, 2016

Bruce Springsteen – American skin (41 shots)

Downtown Boys – Dancing in the dark

Against Me! – True trans soul rebel

The Femmepire – No boys allowed

Belgrado – Panopticon

Di Nigunim – Balagan!

Di Nigunim – Oh death come ye humble

Interview with Forest and Ben from Di Nigunim

Di Nigunim – Warsaw bunt

Trash Axis – Swimming with naked heroes

Di Nigunim – Don’t let the revolution die

The Thief’s Lineage – All the motels in San Diego

Light Rail Coyote – Burn a condo down

Daniel Kahn – Mayn rue-platz

The Unternationale – In zaltsikn yam

The Klezmatics – Barikadn

Godspeed You! Black Emperor – Lift your skinny fists like antennas to heaven



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