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 →
We’re very excited to bring you this week’s podcast of The Rebel Beat, which offers a special feature on the amazing “Native North America (Vol. 1)” which came out on Light in the Attic records last November. Light in the Attic has put out some amazing reissues over the years, but this one is a powerful reflection on older Native folk tunes which speak to issues of decolonization, spirituality, love, and rock n’ roll.
From the Light in the Attic website;
Largely unheard, criminally undocumented, but at their core, utterly revolutionary, the recordings of the diverse North American Aboriginal community will finally take their rightful place in our collective history in the form of NativeNorth America (Vol. 1): Aboriginal Folk, Rock, and Country 1966–1985. An anthology of music that was once near-extinct and off-the-grid is now available for all to hear, in what is, without a doubt, Light In The Attic’s most ambitious and historically significant project in the label’s 12-year journey.
Boom! Welcome back to another weekly podcast of The Rebel Beat. As riots flare again against racist police in Baltimore, we continue to draw inspiration from peoples’ movements on this show, and provide a soundtrack to the smash-back.
Our very special guest on the show this week was Caspian from the amazing anarchist folk-punk band Blackbird Raum. Hailing from Santa Cruz, CA, Blackbird Raum’s music exhibits hints of UK peace punk, traditional Irish rounds, and American bluegrass. Their lyrics are at times dark, focusing on ecological devastation and the gloom of capitalism, and at times uplifting, celebrating resistance to the death machine. Continue reading →
Things were heating up in the streets of Quebec this spring with another mass movement against austerity and capitalism. Tens of thousands of students staged a strike to try to stop the provincial government’s cuts to education, but also to wider programs such as healthcare and daycare. This movement has been coined the Printemps 2015 movement (“Springtime 2015”), a reference to the massive Printemps Érable student strike of 2012 (for a great primer on that, check out the awesome documentary Street Politics 101 by our friends at Submedia.TV).
So to strike musically while the iron is hot, here is our special on Quebec resistance music! Our special guest in the first hour of the show is Caytee Lush, who wrote the anti-folk opera “What the fuck am I doing here?” about anarchists in the 2012 student strike. Caytee played a few of the songs from the opera live for us, and holy fuck did we ever get nostalgic about that student strike! Continue reading →
Check out this beautiful video done by our comrades at Madoc. Combining the music of Antoine Corriveau, and images from Quebec’s 2012 student strike, this video is a sort of prelude to the massive movement towards a general strike in Spring of 2015. Enjoy. And remember – spring is coming. And beneath the snow, the paving stones.