The Rebel Beat 083: LAL – From the Underground to the Frontlines

 

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. 

On our Turn It Up segment, we discuss venues that are shutting down because of gentrification, but also Talib Kweli’s righteous stance to cancel a show in Kansas City because they booked a swastika-sporting Norwegian metal band.

 

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Rosina and Nicholas of LAL (Photo: exclaim.ca)

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Playlist

 

Tune Yards – Colonizer

Xenia Rubinos – Mexican chef

LAL – Rules were meant to be broken

LAL – Brown Eyed Warrior

LAL – Find Safety

LAL – Where we belong

LAL – Your body could start a war (feat. Leah)

Son of Nun – Born again

 

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The Rebel Beat 078: Gentrification Kills Music (and everything else you love)

 

Welcome back to another episode of The Rebel Beat, a Firebrand Records podcast! This is your monthly installment of class war on the dance floor.

We have a stacked show lined up for you, as usual. The name of the game this month is capitalism, gentrification, and its impacts on underground music scenes. We know already that gentrification fucks over poor communities, the homeless, and immigrant neighborhoods, but how much have we looked at how gentrification can actually hurt the music we love? From venues being shut down to make way for condos, to artists being priced out of their homes, that’s what we’re gonna explore on this episode of The Rebel Beat.

Our feature interview this month is with long-time anarchist MC Lee Reed, and Alex from the Hamilton Tenant Solidarity Network.

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In our Turn It Up segment, we pay some respect to Princess Nokia, the hero who threw hot soup on a racist on the NYC subway. Read more about that here.

Lee Reed was one of the first guests we ever had on The Rebel Beat! Check out our older interview with him here.

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**Playlist**
Playlist
The Slackers – Eviction
The Evaporators – Gassy Jack
The Weakerthans – My favourite chords
Lee Reed – Members of the board
YG feat. Nipsey Hussle – Fuck Donald Trump
Lee Reed – No Kanada
Lee Reed – Bad Gas
Immortal Technique – Harlem streets
Lee Reed – The new steal
Princess Nokia – Tomboy

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

The Rebel Beat podcast 041 – Anarchist hip-hop duo Drowning Dog and Malatesta

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DJ Malatesta (left) and Drowning Dog (right)

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Welcome back to another weekly podcast of The Rebel Beat on CKUT – your weekly dose of revolutionary music and class war on the dance floor!

Our very special guests on the show this week are anarchist hip-hop duo Drowning Dog & Malatesta. This talented and lyrically hard-hitting group formed in San Francisco in 2005, and are now based in Berlin. They just released their new album “Black cat – best you can get!”, and we caught up with them to talk about everything from gentrification, anarchism, class consciousness, and hip hop.

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The Rebel Beat Podcast 035 – Geoff Berner on the Schadenfreude, and the painful deaths of politicians

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Welcome back to another weekly podcast of The Rebel Beat! Our very special guest on the show this week is Geoff Berner, the celebrated klezmer radical and Vancouver’s own Whisky Rabbi. Geoff has a new album out now, called “We are going to Bremen to be Musicians” on Coax Records. We caught up with him on the phone from the west coast to talk about many things, including the recent Canadian election, the slow and painful deaths of Stephen Harper and Ariel Sharon, the history of klezmer music, and much more. Enjoy, dance, and celebrate!

Also, we’re in the midst of our ANNUAL FUNDING DRIVE at CKUT radio. This is the one time of year where we turn to you, our listeners, to support all the amazing work we do at the station. None of our programmers get paid. All money goes to CKUT community radio. Pure love. If you are a subscriber to the podcast, or listen on the FM, please donate today. No amount is too big or too small.

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