Mayday Is Coming, And We Need You!

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Hello Rebel Beat listeners!

Mayday (International Workers’ Day) is just around the corner, and we need you for our special May 1st Rebel Beat podcast episode!

Send us your Mayday greetings! Pick up your phone or laptop, and record yourself answering the question: “What does Mayday mean to you?”

Slap a song request on there, and send the recording by email to rebel@ckut.ca, or via Facebook.

If you send your greeting by April 30th, we’ll play it on the podcast! So get yer working class asses into gear and help us celebrate MayDay!

Cheers!

–Aaron

The Rebel Beat Se2 Ep10 – Alas Spits Decolonizing Fire

Welcome back to the latest edition of The Rebel Beat!

Our special guest this month is Alas. Alas is an MC who is consistently spitting out pure revolutionary fire, and when she’s not on the mic, you can probably find her on the front lines of the struggle to decolonize Turtle Island. You might already be familiar with her work with Savage Fam, who we’ve also interviewed on this show, and we had a chance to talk to her about the time she spent at Standing Rock in so-called North Dakota last winter. Check out her Bandcamp page!

Also, if you like this show, please support it! The podcast is free, it always will be, but if you wanna support revolutionary music being pumped into your ears and podcast apps every month, please consider throwing us a 1 or 2 bucks per episode. You can support us on our Patreon page: www.patreon.com/rebelbeatradio

Or if you want to make a one-time donation, we’ve got a big Paypal button at the top of our website, which you can find at rebelbeatradio.com.

For our Turn It Up segment, we look at 2 very different but very important struggles:

-The battle to save Radio Centre-Ville, a long-running multi-lingual community radio station in Montreal. To find out more, visit:
www.facebook.com/frauderadiocentreville/

-The “Battle of Berkley” on April 15, when anti-fascists confronted neo-nazis, fascists, and other Trump supporters in the Bay area. For more info and reporting, visit:
itsgoingdown.org/igd-black-bloc-d…ve-nazi-salutes/

Enjoy the show!

** Playlist **

Snoop Dogg w/ BadBadNotGood – Lavender (Nightfall remix)
Sa Roc – I am her
Mob Bounce w/ Boogey the Beat – Vision quest
Alas – Outlaw
Alas – A game (the poor can’t afford to play)
Alas – Tourist
Savage Fam w/ Alas – Walking with the Dead
Alas w/ Savage Fam – Go away
Dio Ganhdih feat. Chhoti Maa – Indigenoust lyricist
Moscow Death Brigade – Papers please

 

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Rebel Beat Special: Radio Free Winnipeg

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We’re back with another Rebel Beat special! This time, we bring you a treat from the Canadian prairies. Aaron from the Rebel Beat was recently a guest on the program Radio Free Winnipeg on CKUW community radio in The ‘Peg. Hosts Scott Price and Greg Gallinger spoke with Aaron about his years of involvement in community radio, the history of the Rebel Beat, and the essence of political music. Hope you enjoy!

For a full description of the show from their website, click here.

Our regular Rebel Beat podcast will be back in a couple weeks with an interview with Alas! Stay tuned.

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Rebel Beat Special: Here Comes Trouble with Submedia

 

On this special edition of The Rebel Beat, we catch up with our old collaborator Frank at Submedia.TV to tell us about their exciting new monthly project Trouble!

Trouble is a monthly anarchist video documentary series, and the first one is launching March 26th! You can get it on the newly revamped Submedia page.

Plus Frank picked out a killer track from Savage Fam, “Like smoke”. Enjoy!

 

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The Rebel Beat Se2 Ep9: Dave Zirin and the Music at the Edge of Sports

 

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Welcome back to another monthly episode of The Rebel Beat, a Firebrand Records podcast, and your spot for class war on the dance floor.

Our special guest this month is none other than Dave Zirin, author and host of the Edge of Sports podcast. Dave’s work delves into the fascinating collisions between sports and politics, and his work is incredibly inspiring for activists, sports fans, and activist sports fans! But importantly, Dave is also a huge lover of music, and that love really comes across in the podcast. He was in Montreal last month for an event, and we sat down for an interview over bagels, lox, and plenty of coffee.

If you like The Rebel Beat, please support us! Visit our Patreon page, and get your hands on some tasty perks!
www.patreon.com/rebelbeatradio

In Firebrand Records news, we bring you an exclusive premiere of the new Built for the Sea single, “The Falling kind”.

And finally, in our Turn It Up segment, we look at bands standing up to racism at the SXSW festival in Austin, TX.

Enjoy!

*Playlist*
The Hot 8 Brass Band – It’s real
Rude Mechanical Orchestra – Smash-a-bank polka
The Soul Rebels – Get lucky
Charles Mingus – Free Cell Block F, ‘tis Nazi USA
Built For The Sea – The falling kind
Cannonball Adderley – Walk tall
Downtown Boys – Wave of history

 

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The Rebel Beat Se2 Ep8: Sundus Abdul Hadi – We Are The Medium

 

Welcome to our monthly edition of The Rebel Beat podcast for February 2017!

We are your monthly dose of revolution radio, anthems, hymns, and beats to put up a wall of sound against racism, Islamophobia, borders, and the orange menace.

We have a first on The Rebel Beat this month! I interviewed a visual artist for the first time – usually I just interview musicians. But we’re going to be hearing from Sundus Abdul Hadi, a brilliant Iraqi-Canadian artist based in Montreal, and member of We Are the Medium, an amazing platform and collective of multi-media artists of colour. We talked about everything from the urgency of our times, to art, to self-care. Plus, Sundus has an open call for submissions for an upcoming exhibit she’s curating called “Take Care of Yourself”. Check it here!

 

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“The Forgotten”, Acrylic on canvas, Sundus Abdul Hadi (2008)

 

 

On the show, we also bring you some Firebrand Records news, and bring you an exclusive new track from Ryan Harvey, Kareem Samara, and Shireen! The tune is a hauntingly powerful homage to the Egyptian revolution.

And finally, in our Turn It Up segment, we look at the Tribe Called Quest performance at the Grammy Awards, where busted through a border wall with Busta Rhymes in defiance of the Trump Muslim Ban.

If you like this show, support it! Make a donation for as little as $1/month, and get some great swag, all at our Patreon page:
www.patreon.com/rebelbeatradio

Make sure you subscribe to the podcast so you’ll never miss a Rebel Beat!
* iTunes: itunes.apple.com/ca/podcast/rebel…asts/id959420251
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* Google Play: play.google.com/music/listen?u=0#…rjhp2r36gzpypnuku

Enjoy the show!

 

Playlist

Body Count – No Lives Matter
Narcy & Meryem Saci – Hey!
Omar Offendum – Damascus
Sandhill – Ojala (Inshallah)
Arab Summit – Tomorrow’s justice
Ryan Harvey, Kareem Samara, Shireen – Hadd Il Layl
A Tribe Called Quest – The space program

 

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The Rebel Beat Se2 Ep7: Norman Nawrocki – Bakunin’s Bum to Rat King

Hey listeners, welcome back to another edition of The Rebel Beat, a Firebrand Records podcast! We are your monthly one-stop anti-shopping for everything about politics, revolution, and music – class war on the dancefloor.

Our special guest on this month’s show is the long-time anarchist agitator violinist Norman Nawrocki. You might know Norman as one of the founding membelegendoftheratking_72rs of Rhythm Activism or Bakunin’s Bum in Montreal, or you might know him from his prolific poetry and prose. He just released his most recent illustrated novel “The Legend of the Rat King” on AK Press, and we met up with him in his Montreal apartment to talk about that, and more.

If you dig The Rebel Beat, support it! Please consider giving us $1, $3 or more per episode to keep these revolutionary beats flowing. Check out our Patreon supporter page for more:
www.patreon.com/rebelbeatradio

Also on this show, we do a bit of a non-exhaustive “best of 2016” list, talk about the #J20 demos against Trump’s inauguration, and finally on our Turn it Up segment, we look at the Indigenous music label Revolutions Per Minute (RPM-FM):
www.rpm.fm

Enjoy!

*Playlist*
A Tribe Called Red feat. Saul Williams – The Virus
Nomadic Massive – Fade to grey
Run The Jewels – A report to the shareholders: kill your masters
Oi Polloi – The face
Prophets of Rage – The party’s over
One Speed Bike – Yuppie restaurant-goers beware because this song is for the dishwasher
Norman Nawrocki – Ne pas plier
Norman Nawrocki – Why am I an anarchist?
DaZoque! – Serb bird
Rhythm Activism – Jesus was gay
Cistem Failure – Boot on your face
Boogey The Beat – Bear song
Leanne Betasamosake Simpson – These two

[Photo credit: The Link]

 

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Extra: Podcasters & Propagandists

 

Back in October, we at the Rebel Beat had the honour of participating in an amazing panel discussion put on by the Interference Archive in Brooklyn, New York.

In case you missed it, you can have a listen to the whole panel here! Full description of the panel below. And be sure to subscribe to the Interference Archive’s podcast, “Audio Interference”, here:

Panel description: 

To mark the occasion of the launch of Season 2 of Audio Interference, we hosted a panel discussion on the use of podcasts as propaganda and community building tools. The event was held at Interference Archive on October 4, 2016. Panelists included:

-Julie Golia, Director of Public History at Brooklyn Historical Society and co-host and producer of Flatbush + Main
-Zaheer Ali, Oral Historian at Brooklyn Historical Society and co-host and producer of Flatbush + Main
-Aaron Lakoff, curator and host of Rebel Beat
-Kaitlin Prest, creative director and host of The Heart, a podcast and art project exploring love, bodies, gender and sexuality distributed by Radiotopia by PRX
-Tennessee Jane Watson, a reporter, artist and educator, who produces audio documentaries, oral histories, sound installations and youth media projects
-Mark Winston Griffith, Executive Director at Brooklyn Movement Center and co-host and co-producer of The Third Rail.

The panel was moderated by Louise Barry, one of the creators of Audio Interference.

Music: “Picture Book” by Dave Depper, courtesy of the Free Music Archive. Produced by Interference Archive.

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The Rebel Beat Se.2 Ep.6: RodStarz of Rebel Diaz

 

On this edition of The Rebel Beat, we bring you to the streets of The Bronx. We met up with RodStarz, one half of the prolific revolutionary hip-hop duo Rebel Diaz, at the Madres en Movimiento community space that they help to run. Surrounded by radical books, recording equipment, and movement murals, we talked about the history of hip-hop in the Bronx, community spaces (such as the Rebel Diaz Arts Collective), gentrification, and much more. Continue reading

The Rebel Beat Se.2 Ep.5: Oi Polloi!

 

American elections got you down? Then it sounds like you need a good dose of revolutionary music! Never fear, because we’re back with the latest edition of The Rebel Beat, a Firebrand Records podcast!

Our special guest on the show this week is the raging Scotish anarcho-punk
band Oi Polloi! They’ve been churning out 100% anti-fascist street-crust since 1981, and they show no signs of slowing down. Aaron caught up with them while they were in Montreal for Revolution Fest, and we’ll hear an in-depth conversation on everything from Brexit and Scotish independence, to protecting Gaelic and other Indigenous languages, to BASHING THE FASH! Continue reading