The Rebel Beat Podcast 062 – Curtain Call at CKUT, Re-ignition with Firebrand



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Boom! Welcome back with another edition of The Rebel Beat podcast, and this one is a HUGE one for us. Sadly, this episode marks the end of The Rebel Beat as a weekly show at the mighty CKUT radio in Montreal. It’s been a beautiful 10-year run for me doing live radio on Wednesday nights at CKUT, and I’ve finally decided to give it up so that I can make time for other things in life.

BUT FEAR NOT! This is far from being the end for The Rebel Beat! As you’ll hear in this podcast, we’re thrilled to announce that we’re teaming up with Tom Morello (Rage Against the Machine), Ryan Harvey, and the whole family at Firebrand Records to keep The Rebel Beat going as a monthly Firebrand podcast!

So even though the show will only be coming out once per month, and might be a bit shorter than 2 hours, we’ll still be bringing you all the amazing interviews and music from revolutionary musicians that you’ve come to expect.

So, be sure to subscribe now in iTunes, Stitcher, or anywhere else you get podcasts! We’re gonna take a bit of a break, and then come back to re-launch the show with Firebrand in July.

On the show, we also catch up with the aforementioned radical folk singer Ryan Harvey to talk about his recent migrant solidarity work in Lesbos Greece, new collaboration with 12795299_10153642920229541_814480190198988543_n-530x800Ani DiFranco, and of course, the new collaboration with The Rebel Beat!

And since it was my last show at CKUT, I dropped some music from some of the most influential artists in my life, and artists who I’ve had the immense honour of welcoming as guests on The Rebel Beat (M1, Lee Reed, Linton Kwesi Johnson, Pauline Black from The Selecter, Son of Nun, and others).

The ending of one chapter is just the beginning of another. And like we say where I’m from, “ce n’est qu’un début! Continuons le combat!”

Love and rage,



Playlist – May 11, 2016

Cris Derksen – Fires

The Clash – (White man) in Hammersmith Palais

Operation Ivy – Unity

Bad Religion – I want to conquer the world

Propagandhi – And we thought nation-states were a bad idea

Bob Marley – War

Linton Kwesi Johnson – Making history

Screechy Dan – Raise your glass (fi di working class)

The Selecter – Big in the body, small  in the mind

Ryan Harvey – Fight fascists too

Ryan Harvey, Raast, Bell’s Roar – Light in the morning

Interview with Ryan Harvey

Rage Against The Machine – Vietnow

Son of Nun – It’s like that

M1 & Divine – Be Sekou

Lee Reed – Members of the board

Narcy – Free (feat. Ian Kamau)

Bell’s Roar – Black lives

LAL – Stand in my way

Same Cooke – A change is gonna come

Atis Independan – Papa-m monte oun bato

Vox Sambou – Bato

Jimmy Cliff – The harder they come

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