Some faves of The Rebel Beat lately

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One downside of only publishing the Rebel Beat podcast once per month is that I feel there is just TOO MUCH GOOD RADICAL MUSIC OUT THERE to fit onto a monthly show! So this is a bit of an attempt to bring together some things I’ve been listening to lately – all artists that I hope we’ll feature as guests on the podcasts some day, and albums you should check out. So hope you enjoy this video mixtape!

Fiver – Audible Songs from Rockwood

Fiver is the solo project moniker of Simone Schmidt, a gifted songwriter, ex lead singer of One Hundred Dollars, and also a dear friend of mine. For her upcoming album, due out in April, Simone spent years doing research in the Ontario archives about women who were locked up in the Rockwood asylum in the 1800s. The result is a beautiful collection of songs based on some of the real stories of women who were incarcerated there. If you want to hear a great interview with Simone, as well as teasers for some of the songs, check out this recent episode of The Imposter podcast. And here’s a great little mini-doc about the album!

 

Narcy – World War Free

To me, Montreal’s very own Narcy can do no wrong. In a climate of heightened xenophobia and racism against refugees, this video couldn’t have come any sooner.

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The Rebel Beat Se2 Ep7: Norman Nawrocki – Bakunin’s Bum to Rat King

Hey listeners, welcome back to another edition of The Rebel Beat, a Firebrand Records podcast! We are your monthly one-stop anti-shopping for everything about politics, revolution, and music – class war on the dancefloor.

Our special guest on this month’s show is the long-time anarchist agitator violinist Norman Nawrocki. You might know Norman as one of the founding membelegendoftheratking_72rs of Rhythm Activism or Bakunin’s Bum in Montreal, or you might know him from his prolific poetry and prose. He just released his most recent illustrated novel “The Legend of the Rat King” on AK Press, and we met up with him in his Montreal apartment to talk about that, and more.

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Also on this show, we do a bit of a non-exhaustive “best of 2016” list, talk about the #J20 demos against Trump’s inauguration, and finally on our Turn it Up segment, we look at the Indigenous music label Revolutions Per Minute (RPM-FM):
www.rpm.fm

Enjoy!

*Playlist*
A Tribe Called Red feat. Saul Williams – The Virus
Nomadic Massive – Fade to grey
Run The Jewels – A report to the shareholders: kill your masters
Oi Polloi – The face
Prophets of Rage – The party’s over
One Speed Bike – Yuppie restaurant-goers beware because this song is for the dishwasher
Norman Nawrocki – Ne pas plier
Norman Nawrocki – Why am I an anarchist?
DaZoque! – Serb bird
Rhythm Activism – Jesus was gay
Cistem Failure – Boot on your face
Boogey The Beat – Bear song
Leanne Betasamosake Simpson – These two

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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!
artfundsarttour.com

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

 

The Rebel Beat Se2 Ep3: Juice Rap News

 

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Welcome back to the latest episode of The Rebel Beat, a Firebrand Records podcast!

Our special guest on the show this week is Giordano Nani of The Juice Media. The Juice Media are an Australian collective of radical video ninjas who famously produced The Juice Rap news for over 5 years, garnering millions of views and faithful fans around the world. Their poignant, satirical rap videos touch on issues of colonialism and Indigenous resistance, security culture in the face of state surveillance, and the war against migrants. Be sure to check them out!
www.thejuicemedia.com

We also gave shout outs to the Standing Rock resistance against the Dakota Access pipeline, and the #BlackLivesMatter movement for supporting the Palestinian #BDS call.

And finally, we end with our Turn it Up segment, this time for Gord Downie of The Tragically Hip.

Enjoy!

 

Tracklist

Zach de la Rocha & El P – Digging for windows
A Tribed Called Red feat. Yasiin Bey & Narcy – R.E.D.
Son of Nun – Free Palestine
Beatnick, K-Salaam, Talib Kweli, M-1 – Checkpoints: Ghetto to Gaza
Sandhill – Kubrick
Provocalz & co. – Stand Proud
The Tragically Hip – Goodnight Attawapiskat

 

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The Rebel Beat Podcast 055 – Drezus on a warpath

 

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Welcome back to the latest podcast of The Rebel Beat!

This week on the show, our special guest is Drezus (aka. Jeremiah Manitopyes), a Plains Cree Indigenous MC based out of Calgary. Drezus has been making waves across Turtle Island over the last few years, especially after he took home multiple awards at last year’s Indigenous Music Awards in Winnipeg, including Best Rap Album, Indigenous Entertainer of the Year, and Best Video (for his track “War Path”).

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The Rebel Beat Podcast 054 – HellnBack on Family over everything

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Karmen James Omeasoo, aka. HellnBack

 

 

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Boooom! Welcome back to another weekly podcast of The Rebel Beat! Our special guest on the show this week is Indigenous MC HellnBack. Hailing from the Samson Cree First Nation in Alberta, but now calling Winnipeg his home, HellnBack is a veteran on the hip-hop scene, some even calling him the “Grandfather of Native hip-hop”. He was an early member of 90s rap groups War Party and Team Rezofficial, before finally setting in on a solo career. His latest album is called F.O.E.=Family Over Everything, and we talked with HellnBack about his long career in the game, the importance of family, and using hip-cover170x170hop as a tool of resistance to fight back against suicide and depression. Continue reading

The Rebel Beat Podcast 047 – Looping acapella with Elena Stoodley

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Elena Stoodley. Source: facebook.com/ElenaStoodley

 

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Welcome back to another weekly podcast of The Rebel Beat on CKUT! This week, we had the incredibly talented Elena Stoodley drop by the studio with her mics and pedals to perform some beautiful, soulful loop accapella, and to talk about her music, race, the environment, and art. Check out some of her work on her Bandcamp page here.

In addition to Elena’s solo work, be sure to check out her band FroAmboise.

Enjoy the show!

Playlist January 27, 2016

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Tanaya Winder – Ain’t no sunshine

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The Rebel Beat Podcast 045 – Submedia breaks it down with Savage Fam

 

 

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Welcome back to another weekly edition of The Rebel Beat from CKUT! We’re back here for another monthly collaboration with Frank from Submedia.TV. Frank came in with his usual raucous selection of rebel hip hop tunes from across Latin America, plus a wicked interview with Indigenous MC Ant Loc of Savage Fam. Continue reading

The Rebel Beat podcast 043 – Best of 2015

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Narcy’s album Word War Free definitely flew to the top of our Best of 2015 list pretty quickly

 

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Welcome back to another weekly edition of The Rebel Beat podcast! This is our Best of 2015 edition, as it will be our last podcast of the year while we take a couple weeks off to recharge our batteries.

2015 was a year with some pretty significant tragedies and victories. As we seem to be hurling faster and faster towards climate chaos and militarized police states, people’s movements are upping the anti against pipelines, corruption, and impunity. And at the heart of these movements, artists continue to use their music as a platform for peace and justice. For every Donald Trump out there, there are thousands of Dead Prez’s, Ana Tijoux’s, and M.I.A.’s.

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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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