Today we’re going back in time in a way and exploring some Yiddish radical classic tunes with Brivele! Brivele is a Seattle-based anti-fascist klezmer folk-punk trio who braid together oral history, Yiddish language, contemporary and old-country musical genres, American Vaudeville, and visual arts. Check out their Bandcamp page here!
I had a chance to speak with two members of the band a while ago, Stefanie and Maia, and they talk about the lineage of this music, and why it’s just as important to be putting out anti-fascist klezmer today as it was 100 years ago.
Video of members of Brivele playing with “Yiddishists Against Prisons” in Val-David, Quebec in 2019.
Natural Sympathies is the solo project of the talented & visionary artist Amber Goodwyn. It is synth-pop with deep hooks and layering, powerful lyrics, and a very danceable live show. Amber is a musician, a mother, a community radio programmer, and a feminist. She joins us on this episode of the Rebel Beat all the way from Regina, Saskatchewan to talk about the intersection of all these things. Look out for her new album “Porous” on the way this fall from Grey Records.
What does it sound like if you take two dedicated activists with incredible rhythmic and vocal sensibilities, throw them into a loft studio, and keep them staunchly in the underground music scene for over 20 years? Well that is what LAL is all about. This electronic music duo of Rosina Kazi and Nicholas Murray, aka LAL, have been holding it down in Toronto for more than two decades, providing frontline support to groups like Black Lives Matter and No One Is Illegal, and pumping out inspiring music all along the way. They are our guests today on the show.
Welcome to the latest episode of The Rebel Beat, a Firebrand Records podcast!
This is our year end episode, and it is a HUGE one. Every year, the Polaris Music Prize is awarded for the best album in Canada, as selected by a jury of music journalists. The winner of that award in 2017 was Lido Pimienta for her album “La Papessa”. Lido is a queer Indigenous afro-Colombian musician who lives in Toronto, she is rad as fuck, she is never shy to speak her mind, and she is our guest today on The Rebel Beat. Check out Lido’s music and buy her stuff here.
Want to see our round-up of best radical music in 2017? Check out our blog post here!
In our Turn It Up segment, we drop a brand new tune from the Palestinian band 47 Soul, and honor the hundreds of thousands of people who are taking to the streets around the world to say #HandsOffJerusalem!
We had a chance to present on a panel at the Allied Media Conference in Detroit earlier this summer with two of the hosts of Suena, Paola Quiros and Krusheska Quiros. This is a little interview we did with them on the grass outside the conference, just before a big rain storm!
If you’ve never heard of Suena A Revolucion, it’s an amazing Spanish-language podcast that profiles revolutionary, and especially feminist music from across Latin America. Even if you don’t understand Spanish, you’ll love the music, so check it out!
Welcome back to another weekly podcast of The Rebel Beat! This week, we’re very proud to bring you our annual International Women’s Day special. International Women’s Day is celebrated around the world on March 8th in order to amplify women’s struggles against patriarchy, capitalism, racism, and all other forms of oppression and domination.
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 for another weekly edition of The Rebel Beat! This week it’s our favourite time of the month, that time when Frank from Sumedia.tv comes in to studio to share what’s been going down on his TV show, and play some wicked riotous tunes.
This week, we have an interview with Austin, TX-based anarchist organizer and author Scott Crow, talking about the shit-show that is the US election circus. We also talked about recent global anti-fascist and feminist actions against Pegida and Roosh V (a so-called “Pick-Up Artists” who supports the legalization of rape). And, because the WHOLE WORLD was talking about it, we threw in a bit of Super Bowl 50 commentary. But don’t worry, just a bit 😉
And of course, plenty of revolutionary music. See the amazing playlist below! Continue reading →
Aaaand we’re back with another weekly Rebel Beat podcast! This week, we were blessed at the controls by our friend DJ Killjoy. She brought in a wicked set of mostly local MTL artists, and we chatted about the local scene, feminism and women in music, and more. Plus we also give a look at some of the winners and highlights from the recent Indigenous Music Awards that were held in Winnipeg. Enjoy! Continue reading →