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
Son of Nun
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Welcome back to another edition of The Rebel Beat – class war on the dancefloor, and in your ears every week!
Our special guest on the program this week was none other than Baltimore MC Son of Nun. Son of Nun has been sewing the seeds of rebellion with his militant and inspiring radical hip-hop for over a decade now, but he recently came to our attention again with his new single “It’s like that”. This tune is a powerful reflection on the Baltimore uprising following the police murder of Freddie Gray. During the ensuing protests, Son of Nun put his skills as a paramedic (his day job) to good use, and was working as a street medic to treat people for injuries inflicted by cops. Continue reading
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Welcome back to another weekly podcast of The Rebel Beat! Our special guest on the program this week is rabble-rouser and radical folk-singer Ryan Harvey. With the unplugged story-telling of traditional American folk music, the compassionate alarm of early peace punk, and the lyrical punch of modern hiphop, Ryan’s songs are situated between the streets, the radical bookstores and cafes, and the basement punk show. From Baltimore, Maryland, he has taken his powerful, insightful, and humorous songs and stories of activism and political analysis around the world for a decade, visiting 19 countries and performing in some of the epicenters of recent uprisings including Cairo, Athens, Madrid, Reykjavík, and Lisbon. Continue reading
Rebel Diaz, a radical hip-hop group straight out of the Bronx, just dropped a brand new video in time for Mayday this year, and we at The Rebel Beat just can’t stop watching it.
A little description from the group:
We are living historic moments of oppression, to which the people have the right to respond with historic moments of resistance. The Which Side Are You On REMIX came out on our Radical Dilemma album, but the time is NOW for the song and the message it represents. It was an honor to link with Dead Prez and the comrade Rakaa Iriscience of Dilated Peoples, artists whose shoulders we stand on, who have paved the way for a Rebel Diaz. From #Baltimore to #Ferguson to #Chicago to #TheSouthBronx to #LosAngeles and beyond.. #WhichSideAreYouOn?!
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Oooohhh shit! It’s that time of year again! The trees are budding, birds are chirping, the people are rising, and Mayday is upon us. Every year, May 1st is celebrated in most parts of the world as International Workers’ Day. It’s a day to celebrate not only labour struggles, but all fights against oppression and ecocide. In many cities, there are Mayday protests and celebrations of all kinds, so wherever you are, find your nearest one, get out there in the streets, and STRIKE!
This week on the podcast, we welcome back our regular collaborator, co-conspirator, and friend, Frank of Submedia! As usual, Frank comes loaded with a wicked “fuck work” themed playlist of Mayday tunes, plus we hear an interview he did recently with Fannie and Brice from the Printemps 2015 committee in Montreal. This committee has been behind many of the amazing student strikes and actions in Quebec over the last few weeks, and they’re also gearing up for some pretty major Mayday stuff. Check ’em out! Continue reading