Episode 97 – An Update From Wet’suwet’en

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Happy new year! And welcome back to another edition of The Rebel Beat. On this edition, I wanted to share a radio program I guest-hosted on CKUT radio in Montreal, Funky Revolutions. What you’re about to hear is a 2 hour music mix of funky soul, hip-hop, reggae, and folk, with a special focus on the struggle against pipelines on Wet’suwet’en territory.

We’re joined by Jennifer Wickam (35:00), a Wet’suwet’en land defender who has been holding it down at the Gidimden checkpoint. The tension has been high over the last few weeks as RCMP police are poised to attack the community yet again.

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Playlist

LaBelle – Moon shadow

Buffy Sainte Marie – Now that the buffalo’s gone

Willie Dunn – I pity the country

John Trudell – Rich man’s war

Alanis Obomsawin – Odana

A Tribe Called Red – Stadium pow wow

Interview with Jennifer Wickam

JB the First Lady – Front lines

Snotty Nose Rez Kids – Son of a matriarch

Rapsody (feat Gza) – Ibtihaj

A Tribe Called Quest – Left my wallet in El Segundo

Amerigo Gazaway – Peculiar mathematics

Otis Redding – The glory of love

Carla Thomas – B-A-B-Y

Jackie Shane – Sticks and Stones

Bruxas – Plantas falsas

Nanku Phiri – Sifo

Ibibio Sound Machine – The chant

Roland Alphonso – Guantanamera ska

Nora Dean – Barbed wire

Junior Murvin – Cool out son

Macka B – Never played a 45

 

Episode 96 – Natural Sympathies

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Natural Sympathies is the solo project of the talented & visionary artist Amber Goodwyn. It is synth-pop with deep hooks and layering, powerful lyrics, and a very danceable live show. Amber is a musician, a mother, a community radio programmer, and a feminist. She joins us on this episode of the Rebel Beat all the way from Regina, Saskatchewan to talk about the intersection of all these things. Look out for her new album “Porous” on the way this fall from Grey Records.

 

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** Playlist **

Moor Mother – Black Flight (Saul Williams)

Dreams nails – Fascism is coming

Natural Sympathies – Space invaders

Natural Sympathies – All wrong

Natural Sympathies – Late summer

Natural Sympathies – Hello

Natural Sympathies – Pretty Impossible

Natural Sympathies – High road

Sons of Kemet – In the castle of my skin

Episode 95 – Josh MacPhee’s Encyclopedia of Political Record Labels

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Josh MacPhee does beautiful art. He is a member of the Justseeds collective, and if you love their work, you might have some of his prints up on your wall. In recent years, Josh has turned his focus from visual art and graphic design to revolutionary music, and he is the author of the forthcoming book “An Encyclopedia of Political Record Labels” from Common Notions Press. The book is a glorious work of deep research and stunning design. He joins us on the Rebel Beat to dive deep into his book, and the propaganda potential of record labels.

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The book is out in October 2019, and you can pre-order your copy here!

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In our Turn It Up segment, we give a nod to Egyptian rebel musician Ramy Essam, who is fighting to get many of his band-mates and artistic collaborators out of jail. Find out all about the campaign around his song “Balaha” here.

Episode 94 – Egyptian Rebel Tunes

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Welcome back to another episode of The Rebel Beat! This episode is reminiscent of the old format of this show, 2 hours of live radio, done at our beloved CKUT radio in Montreal during a residency Aaron was doing for the Montreal Sessions.

Our special guest on the program is one of Egypt’s top studio guitarists and rebel musicians, Weka Soliman. You’ll definitely be hearing more about Weka’s story in the weeks to come on this show, but for now, enjoy this episode as he guides us through Egypt’s vast world of underground music.

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Playlist

Sam Shalabi & Stefan Christoff – Elephantine

Wyvern – The clown

El Dor El Awal – Raqs el hawanem

Wust el Balad – Ya jzera

Al kahwa – Al kahwa

Wust el Balad – Magnoun

Mohamed Adawya – Kam so’al

Ramy Essam  – Seadna el naby

Ramy Essam – Foul caviar

Ryan Harvey, Kareem Samara, Shireen Lilith – Egypt

Ramy Essam – Segn bel alwan

Mohamed Adawya – Kan ya makan

Black Theama – Fe balad el ay haga

Mashrou’ Leila – Calvalry

Special Ops – Dead are calling

Narcy feat. Mashrou’ Leila – Time

We’re Back! Episode 093: Backxwash

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After a prolonged hiatus for most of 2019, we’re back with a brand new episode of The Rebel Beat! This one is a bit of a throwback to our old format, since it’s part of a residency we’re doing at our beloved local community radio station CKUT. So you’ll hear a lot more music here!

Special guest on the show is the delightfully militant trans rapper Backxwash. Originally from Zambia, she’s now based in Montreal. She’s been tearing up the local scene lately, from playing huge stages like Montreal’s Pride festival, to countless community benefit shows. And her new album “Deviancy” is fire!

Enjoy!

**Playlist**

 

Anderson Paak – King James

Jamila Woods – Blk girl soldier

Sa-Roc – Heaven on earth

Narcy – Superhero

Tribe Called Red – The OG

Saul Williams – Experiment

Backxwash – Devil in a moshpit

Limp Wrist – Punk ass queers

Backxwash – Don’t come to the woods

Backxwash – Burn me at the stake

Jackie Shane – Any other way

Big Freedia – Azz everywhere

G.L.O.S.S. – Masculine artifice

Femmpire – Eyes of the patriarchy

Against Me! – Transgender dysphoria blues

Nakhane – New Brighton

Las Cafeteras – La bamba rebelde

Rebel Diaz – Free the children

Soul Jazz Orchestra – General Strike

Episode 092: Big Announcements for 2019

 

This is our last episode of the Rebel Beat for 2018, and we have some big news about the podcast as we head into 2019. Ryan Harvey of Firebrand records joins us to talk about that news, plus some of his favorite music of the year, and what it means to be a working-class musician at the dawn of 2019.

We give a special shout out to the Unist’ot’en Camp, who are on high alert as they fight a court injunction to force a pipeline through their Indigenous territory. Support them and get informed here!

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**Playlist**

 
Snotty Nose Rez Kids – Warriors
Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings – Tear it down
Ryan Harvey, Kareem Samara, Shireen Lillith – See it through
Ryan, Kareem, Shireen – Thin blue border
Ryan and Shireen – Light in the morning
Ryan Harvey w/ Ani DiFranco and Tom Morello – Old man Trump
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Emel Mathlouthi – Ma Lkit
Ryan, Kareem, Shireen – Come back stronger
The Clash – (White man) in Hammersmith Palais

 

Episode 091: 18 Year Old Xiuhtezcatl Throwing Down for The Land & People

 

What’s up! Welcome to the latest edition of The Rebel Beat for November 2018! Our special guest on the show this month is Xiuhtezcatl! Xiuhtezcatl is maybe the busiest, fiercest, and most accomplished 18-year old we’ve ever spoken with. He’s an Indigenous hip-hop artist based out of Boulder, Colorado, a youth activist, and he’s even written a book on resisting climate change. A huge inspiration dropping beats that the next 7 generations can revolt to.

 

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In our Turn It Up segment, we give mad respect to Benjamin Zephaniah, a British dub poet who recently turned down an offer to be the UK’s poet laureate. Check out the article, and Zephaniah’s righteous response here.

Playlist

Narcy – Fake news

Marc Ribot & Steve Earle – Srinivas

Xiuhtezcatl – Young

Xiuhtezcatl – Magic

Xiuhtezcatl – Broken

Xiuhtezcatl – Sage Up

Xiuhtezcatl – Break Free

Benjamin Zephaniah – I am a revolutionary

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Gritty: The Anti-Fascist Hockey Hero – Changing On The Fly

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Hey Rebel Beat listeners!

We interrupt our regular programming to bring you another episode of Changing On The Fly, Aaron’s other podcast, that we think you’re gonna love. Check it!


How did Gritty, the new mascot for the Philadelphia Flyers, become the new mascot for the American anti-fascist movement? Gritty is a huge, ugly, scary orange monster, who comes to us at a time when there is an equally huge, ugly, scary orange monster in the White House.

We’re joined on this episode by Mark Bray, history professor & the author of “Antifa: The Anti-Fascist Handbook” to talk about Gritty, hockey, and what the antifa movement actually is. Since we’re talking about Pennsylvania and fascism, we also reflect on the recent tragic synagogue shooting in Pittsburgh, and pay our respects to the victims. May their memories be for a blessing.

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The Rebel Beat 090: The Union Thugs, Music, and Direct Action

 

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Welcome to the latest episode of The Rebel Beat!

Straight outta the ranks of Montreal’s Wobblies, we’ve got an interview with The Union Thugs. The Union Thugs are a folk-punk band who take a page from the little red song book, and give a nod to the great working class music heroes like Woody Guthrie and Billy Bragg. The Union Thugs feel most at home playing on today’s picket lines, using their bodies and their instruments to clog the wheels of capitalism. Bosses, beware!

 

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On our Turn It Up segment, we give a shout-out to Rihanna, who refused an offer to play at the 2019 Super Bowl in solidarity with Colin Kaepernick.
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Oh, and a huge solidarity shout-out to the Canadian Union of Postal Workers, who are on strike this week! Up the posties!!

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**Playlist**

Pete Seeger – Talking Union      The Ex – Bourgeois Blues
Union Thugs – Solidarity
Union Thugs – Union Maid
Union Thugs – War on the workers
Union Thugs – Juillet 1936
Union Thugs – Solidarity forever
Mary J Blige feat. Kendrick Lamar – 41 Shots (American skin)