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

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The Rebel Beat Se.2 Ep.4: bell’s roar

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Boom! We’re back with the latest edition of The Rebel Beat podcast!

So an election is upon us in the USA. Fuck Trump. That’s obvious. But fuck Hillary, too. Whoever wins, we will all resist.

Before jumping into things, we have some exciting news – we just launched a Patreon support page for this podcast! If you love what we do, please consider supporting us with a small monthly donation! Head over to www.patreon.com/rebelbeatradio to pledge your support today!

We’re gonna be rolling out some wicked swag for our supporters, including enamel pins, t-shirts, and exclusive mix-tapes!

This podcast will always be free, but producing it isn’t. If you can kick $1, $3, or $5 per month, it’s a small amount for you, but it means the world to us.

And now back to business – our special guest on the podcast for this month is the incredible bell’s roar! bell’s roar is an Albany, NY based solo artist with Firebrand Records who produces sultry, sweet political indie-pop music with tinges of ambient and soul. Their music reflects on love, struggle, queerness, and being Black in America. Plus, they’re also a furniture-maker!

We had a wonderful chat about their music, politics in the USA, and also the awesome Art Funds Art tour they’re organizing to support trans artists of colour! Check it out and support!
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And finally, in our Turn it Up segment, we give a nod to Indigenous resistance against the Petronas/Pacific Northwest fracked gas terminal in so-called “BC, Canada”. For more info on that struggle, and ways to support, go here:
www.laxuula.com/

Playlist:
Tef Poe – Fuck Hillary
A Tribe Called Red (feat. Leonard Sumner, Shad, Northern Voice) – How I feel
Blood Orange – Hands up
LAL – Rules were meant to be broken
Bell’s roar – Ancestors
Bell’s roar – Black lives
Bell’s roar – Step Up Step Back
Bell’s roar – Covered in red
Jase el Nino – Flora Bank

 

Support The Rebel Beat! Become a Monthly Patreon Sustainer

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Hello dear friends, fans, and listeners of The Rebel Beat,

 
We recently launched a Patreon supporter page for our podcast! If you’re not already familiar with Patreon, it’s a super easy and fun way to support creative workers such as myself with monthly donations (charged to your credit card or Paypal account so you don’t need to even worry about it!).
So if you like this podcast, please consider supporting us with $1, $5 or whatever you can afford per month! Go here and sign up today!
BONUS! If you sign up before October 11th, you’ll get a special shout-out on our next episode, which drops on October 12th with bell’s roar!

We have awesome rewards for everyone who signs up, including exclusive mix-tapes, pins, t-shirts, and advance downloads of each episode.
So what are you waiting for? Sign up to become a Patreon supporter of The Rebel Beat today!
Love and solidarity,
Aaron

The Rebel Beat Se2 Ep2: Nomadic Massive

 

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Welcome to our second edition of The Rebel Beat podcast with Firebrand Records!

We start the show by recognizing Prisoner Justice Day (August 10), and playing some of our favourite anti-prison tunes from Bob Dylan and The Man in Black. For an extensive history of Prisoner Justice Day (within the Canadian context), check this out.

Then we bring you some news from the Firebrand Records family, including the new single from Chilean artist Ana Tijoux, and the Rock Against the TPP tour!

Our feature interview is with Montreal hip-hop legends Nomadic Massive. Their name just about says it all. With over 10 full-time members of the band dropping verses in English, French, Arabic, Spanish, and Creole, this politically-conscious band have been supplying us with treats for our ears and minds for over a decade. They just launched their latest album “Big Band Theory” in June, and it’s on fire! Continue reading

The Rebel Beat Podcast (Season 2, Episode 1)

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Welcome to The Rebel Beat – a Firebrand Records podcast!

We’re back after a brief hiatus to bring you the re-launch edition of the show, and we’re very excited about this. We caught up with Firebrand co-founder Ryan Harvey, as well as his musical collaborators Kareem Samara and Shireen. We shot the shit about big things happening in the Firebrand family: the “Old Man Trump” single with Ani DiFranco, Prophets of Rage, the Rock Against the TPP tour, and much more. Continue reading

Rapid dispatch – Rebel Beat podcast update

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Hi! We’re back with a quick update to say we haven’t gone anywhere! We’re taking a bit of time off before re-launching as an official Firebrand Records podcast in July. In the meantime, we’re planning some amazing interviews, including one we just did with the Montreal hip-hop supergroup Nomadic Massive (and we’ve got a little teaser of that interview here).

Soon, you’ll be able to subscribe to the Rebel Beat podcast via the TuneIn app, and of course you can still find us on Stitcher and iTunes.

And most importantly, we want to hear from YOU! Got some music suggestions or requests for us? Any artists out there we should interview? Hit us up on Twitter @rebelbeatradio, on Facebook, or email us at rebel@ckut.ca.

Summer’s here, so turn up the heat! Smash the state! See you on the streets, and on the dance floors.

 

 

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

The Rebel Beat podcast 038 – Class conscious rock n’ roll w/ The Last Internationale

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Welcome back to our weekly podcast of The Rebel Beat! We aired this show on November 11, known in Canaduh as Rememberance Day, and in the U$A as Veterans Day. And while we do think it’s important to remember ALL victims of war, we refuse to buy into trumped up national militaristic celebrations to mark this day. Nope. Fuck that noise. Instead, we bring you noise of the best kind – anti-nationalist and anti-militarist tunes bumping in your speaker. Put ’em on loud as you blockade your nearest army recruitment centre and burn your favourite flag.

Our special guest on the show this week is the awesome class-conscious rock n’ roll band The Last Internationale. Hailing from NYC, they have been collaborating lately with Firebrand Records, and told us about some of the campaigns and causes that inspire their music. Continue reading

The Rebel Beat podcast 033 – Revolution Fest III preview

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We’re back for another weekly edition of The Rebel Beat! No interviews on the show this week, just 2 hours of revolutionary music in your ears! We did a preview of Revolution Fest III in Montreal, played some wicked queer tunes from artists like Gay Panic and Femmepire, and also heard some nice new stuff from Firebrand Records artists Bell’s Roar and The Last Internationale. Continue reading

The Rebel Beat Podcast 026 – Son of Nun on Baltimore, Police, #BlackLivesMatter, and Being True to Yourself

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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