The Rebel Beat Podcast 062 – Curtain Call at CKUT, Re-ignition with Firebrand

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Boom! Welcome back with another edition of The Rebel Beat podcast, and this one is a HUGE one for us. Sadly, this episode marks the end of The Rebel Beat as a weekly show at the mighty CKUT radio in Montreal. It’s been a beautiful 10-year run for me doing live radio on Wednesday nights at CKUT, and I’ve finally decided to give it up so that I can make time for other things in life.

BUT FEAR NOT! This is far from being the end for The Rebel Beat! As you’ll hear in this podcast, we’re thrilled to announce that we’re teaming up with Tom Morello (Rage Against the Machine), Ryan Harvey, and the whole family at Firebrand Records to keep The Rebel Beat going as a monthly Firebrand podcast!

So even though the show will only be coming out once per month, and might be a bit shorter than 2 hours, we’ll still be bringing you all the amazing interviews and music from revolutionary musicians that you’ve come to expect.

So, be sure to subscribe now in iTunes, Stitcher, or anywhere else you get podcasts! We’re gonna take a bit of a break, and then come back to re-launch the show with Firebrand in July. Continue reading

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Big News For The Rebel Beat Podcast

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Aaron Maiden at the controls in studio at CKUT Radio, Montreal.

 

Kind of a teary-eyed announcement here, but after having done a weekly radio show at CKUT 90.3FM for more than 10 years, I’m retiring The Rebel Beat in its current format as a weekly show on May 11th. It’s been an amazing honour and privilege to be in the CKUT studio every Wednesday night for the last decade, playing the fiercest tunes, and getting to interview amazing artists. But alas, all good things must come to an end, and so will this on May 11th.

BUT, I’m gonna be continuing the show as a podcast! It will come out on a less regular basis, but will still be the same show! So be sure to subscribe to the podcast here and be sure to get all future episodes: 

iTunes

Stitcher

Other podcast platforms

Not only that, all the previous hundreds of hours of The Rebel Beat will be archived on our website, www.rebelbeatradio.com, so check it out if you have a long drive or a big spring cleaning coming up and need some good listening.

Big transitions in life are happening, meaning new projects in the works.

Thank you to everyone who has inspired and supported me along the way, either on Roots Rock Rebel or The Rebel Beat. Please keep making art, building community, educating the youth, inciting riots, or whatever it is you do best.

 

–Aaron Maiden

The Rebel Beat podcast 036 – Funding Drive Special!

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Welcome back to our weekly podcast of The Rebel Beat! This week it was our Funding Drive special on the show. What does that mean? It means that for the rest of the year, this podcast is gonna be 100% free. But once a year, we turn to our listeners to support The Rebel Beat and CKUT Radio, our mothership. What this means is that it keeps community in the hands of the community, and not in the hands of corporations or the state. So by donating, you’re guaranteeing more class war on the dancefloor, in your ears, and in your mind.

To make an easy donation of $1, $5, $25, or more, head over to our fundraising page, http://www.ckut.ca/donate

On the show this week, we had the amazing privilege of having Montreal afro-futurist jazzy-funk ensemble dArk mAAt’r in studio with us for a live performance. Plus we also had Frank from Submedia.TV in the house with us for our monthly collaboration! Submedia are also holding a taco-sourcing fundraising campaign right now, so head on over here and throw some change in their taco fund!

http://submedia.tv/tacos/projects/submedias-fall-taco-sourcing-campaign/

Anyways, thanks for listening to this podcast, and hopefully you’ll support us with a donation! We won’t ask you again for another year 😉

In solidarity and struggle,

The Rebel Beat

Support Class War on the Dance Floor! Donate to The Rebel Beat during CKUT’s annual funding drive (Oct 22-Nov 1)

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CKUT’s annual funding drive is coming up from October 22 to November 1. This is that one time of the year when we ask you, our listeners, to donate to the program and support people-powered radio at CKUT!

SUPPORT CLASS WAR ON THE DANCEFLOOR! DONATE TO THE REBEL BEAT!!

You can donate by calling our funding drive hotline during our funding drive special program on October 28th at 514.907.9424, or just go online any time and make a pledge!
http://ckut.ca/donate

**Our goal for The Rebel Beat is to raise $500 on the show this year. Help us get there!

**Perks! Gifts! Perks!**
Your donation to help fuel audio anarchy, radio resistance, and class war on the dancefloor doesn’t come without some appreciation! Here’s what you can get:

$$ 10 $$ – You get a custom-print CKUT sticker, and a shout out on the program!

$$ 25 $$ – A CD of your choice, and an entry into our grand prize draw!

$$ 60 $$ – A CKUT t-shirt OR a CKUT canvas bag

$$ Monthly sustainer of $10/month $$ – All of the above!

$$ Monthly sustainer of $20/month $$ – All of the above x2!

Tune in to The Rebel Beat on Wednesday, October 28th from 10pm-12am and donate!

$$$ Plus you can get some special gifts for donating to this show, including books from Aaron Maiden‘s personal collection for a donation of $30 or more: $$$

-“The Taqwacores” by Michael Muhammad Knight
-“My Back Pages: Classic Bob Dylan 1962-1969” by Andy Gill

**Why should you donate to The Rebel Beat and CKUT?**

Because every week we bring you the most current releases and oldie gems representing global revolutionary movements, on the radio and via podcast.

Because as far as we know it, we are the only weekly radio program of revolutionary political music out there.

Because since we launched earlier this year, we have brought you exclusive interviews from:
*M-1 of Dead Prez
*UK/Jamaican dub poetry legend Linton Kwesi Johnson
*Original rebel dread DJ Don Letts
*2-tone ska sensation Pauline Black
*Sound traveller Matana Roberts
*Baltimore MC and street medic Son of Nun
and so many more!

We keep the good tunes flowing, and the advertizing minimal. BUT, even though the show and the podcast are free, and the show runs on volunteer labour, it ain’t free. It costs a lot to run a community radio station, so every year we turn to our listeners for some cash to help us out.

Stay tuned for more info!

#BlackLivesMatter mixtape – dj rhythm & hues

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 SemenyaNina 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.

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Exciting Things Coming Your Way

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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.

In terms of linking to us on social media, we’re on Twitter, and you can like our page on Fedbook.

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!

Exit Roots Rock Rebel, Enter The Rebel Beat

To all the Roots Rock Rebel listeners, fans, supporters,

To all the rude boys, rude girls, punks, mods, and rockers,

 

I have some bittersweet news. After broadcasting for 9 years, Roots Rock Rebel will be no more after January 2015. It has been an incredible passion and honour for me to serve the local and international ska, punk, and reggae scenes with this show, interviewing bands from around the world, and giving space to promote underground artists.

 

I am going to carry on doing a radio show and podcast every Wednesday from 10pm-12am on CKUT, but the show is getting a total overhaul. So I’m very excited to introduce to all of you – The Rebel Beat.

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