Welcome back to another weekly podcast of The Rebel Beat! This week on the show, we start off with some ideal tracks that we’d love to have blaring over a loudspeaker during a riot, and then we went into a musical obituary for Vi Subversa. Vi Subversa was the lead singer of the UK anarcho-punk band Poison Girls, and she sadly passed away last week at the age of 80. Rest in power! Continue reading →
Welcome back to another weekly edition of The Rebel Beat! Well, this week marks exactly 1 year that we’ve been producing this radio show at CKUT. So… happy fuckin’ birthday to us! Let’s give a HUGE shout-out to all the amazing bands, artists, and activists we’ve had on the show, as well as to our mothership, CKUT – truly the best community radio station on the planet.
Getting down to business, February is of course Black History Month. Here at the Rebel Beat, we recognize the complexity of this month, being only a month, and how reductive that can be. Yet at the same time, we think it’s an important opportunity to highlight some key ongoing and historical trends in Black community resistance and art. Continue reading →
This week we continued our Black History Month series by welcoming in part of the CKUT family, the one and only DJ Andy Williams from The Goods crew and Jazz Amnesty Sound System. Andy has been teaching a course in the McGill School for Continuing Education on jazz and the civil rights movement, so he brought in some beautiful vinyl from that era, and gave us a veritable history lesson on this liberation music! Continue reading →
Boom! Here we go! Podcast #002 of The Rebel Beat. On this week’s podcast, we continue our Black History Month series, looking at the recent inspiring uprisings in Black communities against police brutality and impunity.
This podcast also marks the beginning of a regular collaboration we’ll be doing with the long-running badass anarchist video collective Submedia.TV. Unfortunately their adorable disembodied head, The Stimulator, aka Frank, couldn’t be with us in studio for this show, but we caught up with him by phone during a high-speed police car chase. Despite being indisposed by the fuzz, he still managed to provide some dope tracks here, as well as an interview with former political prisoner of the Black Liberation Army, the anarchist panther, Ashanti Alston. Check out the full video of the interview at the bottom of the show notes! Continue reading →
We’re getting ready for episode #002 of The Rebel Beat, which goest to air live on CKUT this Wednesday, February 11th from 10pm-12am EST. This week, we’re especially excited to launch our monthly collaboration with Submedia.TV! For those of you who don’t know Submedia, they’re an anarchist video collective who just celebrated their 10-year anniversary! They put out a regular web TV show called “It’s the End of the World as we Know It”, and it’s always chalk-full of amazing riot-inspiring tunes. So if you’re a fan of the show, you’re gonna love this episode of The Rebel Beat. And if you’re not already a fan, then you’re in for a radical musical treat! Check out the latest episode of Submedia’s show here.
As part of our Black History Month series, we’re still gonna be looking at the Ferguson uprising and the #BlackLivesMatter movement. We’re gonna be airing an interview with the one and only Anarchist Panther, Ashanti Alston. Ashanti is an amazing speaker, former member of the Black Panther Party, and former political prisoner of the Black Liberation Army. Here’s a little taste of Ashanti Alston in his own words.
So be sure to tune in this Wednesday, or download the podcast. Stay rebel!
We were very blessed to be joined live in studio by Emrical and Jahsun of the mighty Kalmunity Vibes Collective. We talked about their work as artists, the Kalmunity Black History Month event series in Montreal, and the reverberations of the #BlackLivesMatter movement north of the colonial border.
The Rebel Beat is blasting into this world on February 4th, with the hopes of bringing down borders, bosses, and banks through revolutionary beats, bass, and everything in between. It is class war on the dance floor, nothing less.
Be sure to tune in live on February 4th from 10pm-12am on CKUT (streaming online), or 90.3 FM in Montreal. To subscribe to the podcast on iTunes, CLICK HERE!
We begin The Rebel Beat with some sad news. M-1, the legendary revolutionary MC who comprises one half of Dead Prez, was set to give a talk and performance in Montreal for the opening of the Fro Foundation’s Black History Month festival on January 31st. But before even making it to Montreal, he was refused entry into Canada by the pigs that guard the imaginary colonial line that we call “the border”. M-1 says he was a victim of racial profiling. I suppose when you rap about real shit like destroying the Prison Industrial Complex, or fighting back against racist police, it’s gonna get you on some watch lists. Continue reading →
I’ve been busy over the last couple weeks getting ready to launch The Rebel Beat on February 4th. Huge things are coming your way! I’m really excited with how the show is taking shape.
First up, the podcast is ready to go, and you can subscribe to it via the iTunes store today by clicking here! You can also find our podcast RSS feed here to subscribe with other podcast clients. That way, when we launch in February, you can be sure to get your digital fill.
For February, we’re gonna be doing a special series for Black History Month, looking at incredible movements like #BlackLivesMatter and the music that has sprung from them. We’ve already confirmed amazing guests such as former political prisoner and Black Panther Ashanti Alston, as well as DJ Andy Williams, who will be spinning records and talking about jazz and the Civil Rights Movement. Our very first guest we’re gonna have on the show on February 4 is so epic that I can’t even name them here, but SHIT IS GONNA BE OFF THE CHAIN!
We also have a monthly collaboration with Submedia, a wicked anarchist video collective, with an extensive knowledge of riotous beats and insurrection music. Tune in for our collaboration with Submedia’s Frank Lopez on February 11.
Last but not least, we’re also lining up interviews with Kevin “Sipreano” Howes on the phenomenal new compilation “Native North America vol. 1”, Simone Schmidt from Fiver (and formerly 100 Dollars), and southern Ontario’s rebel MC Lee Reed (formerly of Warsawpack).
So there you go. The Rebel Beat coming at you large starting February 4th on CKUT. This train is bound for glory!