What’s up Rebel Beat massive! Hope you all have been having a great summer so far. Inspired partly by our homies at SubMedia who have made some amazing music playlists this summer, and partly inspired by our need and desire to keep sharing and amplifying the rhythms and rhymes of resistance, we’ve put together a special Rebel Beat playlist for you all to rock out to this summer. There’s a bit of everything here – some punk, some folk, some hip-hop, and some new tunes from Firebrand Records. Enjoy!
One downside of only publishing the Rebel Beat podcast once per month is that I feel there is just TOO MUCH GOOD RADICAL MUSIC OUT THERE to fit onto a monthly show! So this is a bit of an attempt to bring together some things I’ve been listening to lately – all artists that I hope we’ll feature as guests on the podcasts some day, and albums you should check out. So hope you enjoy this video mixtape!
Fiver – Audible Songs from Rockwood
Fiver is the solo project moniker of Simone Schmidt, a gifted songwriter, ex lead singer of One Hundred Dollars, and also a dear friend of mine. For her upcoming album, due out in April, Simone spent years doing research in the Ontario archives about women who were locked up in the Rockwood asylum in the 1800s. The result is a beautiful collection of songs based on some of the real stories of women who were incarcerated there. If you want to hear a great interview with Simone, as well as teasers for some of the songs, check out this recent episode of The Imposter podcast. And here’s a great little mini-doc about the album!
Narcy – World War Free
To me, Montreal’s very own Narcy can do no wrong. In a climate of heightened xenophobia and racism against refugees, this video couldn’t have come any sooner.
In case you haven’t heard, Black Lives Matter-Toronto has been camped out outside the Toronto Police headquarters for more than 2 weeks now, to demand justice for several Black men who have been gunned down by killer cops.
Now, the movement has a mixtape, and it’s fierce! You can read a little more about it from Now Magazine here, or listen below. Also, check out the short report from our comrades at Submedia.TV!
We just wanted to share this amazing #BlackLivesMatter mixtape from our friend and accomplice at CKUT radio, DJ Rhythm and Hues. It was originally posted by the mighty Howl Arts collective based in Montreal. Enjoy, and read on below.
DJ Rhythm & Hues presents a special extended set in tribute to the pantheon of Black and Afro-influenced music from across the ages. From Billy Paul to Caiphus Semenya, Nina Simone to Steel Pulse and back, this is a mix drenched in some choice soul, hip-hop, R&B, funk, reggae and afro music, all around the#blacklivesmatter theme.