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

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The Rebel Beat Podcast 044 – G7 Welcoming Committee Retrospective

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Happy new year! Welcome to the first podcast of The Rebel Beat for 2016! It’s gonna be a great year for this show, filled with tons of interviews, special guests, and top-notch revolutionary music.

We wanted to start the year off with a bang by going back to a record label that was extremely influential for prairie punks and radicals of all stripes in so-called “Canada”, and further afield. G7 Welcoming Committee records was started back in 1997 in Winnipeg by members of Propagandhi, The Weakerthans, and other activist/musicians from central Canada. Up until 2010, it was putting out some of the best radical music, books, and spoken word CDs around. In fact, plenty of the music that we’ve featured on The Rebel Beat is from releases that G7 put out. Continue reading

The Rebel Beat podcast 007 – Militant Rapper Lee Reed, Filipino Hip-Hop w/ DJ Neil Kastro

Lee Reed (photo: robertmichael.ca)

Lee Reed (photo: robertmichael.ca)

 

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Welcome back to our weekly podcast of The Rebel Beat – your weekly dose of music that promotes the flogging of bosses, the running out of town of racists, and class war on the dancefloor.

We have a very special podcast for you this week, because we were graced in the studio by our friend and comrade DJ Neil Kastro. Neil is a long-time anti-capitalist community organizer who hails from the uptown Filipino community in Cote-des-Neiges, Montreal, and is also the host of Sigaw Ng Bayan, a weekly Filipino radio show heard every Friday from 2-3pm on CKUT. On top of that, he’s also a super talented musician, MC, and DJ. Neil brought in a nice selection of Filipino hip-hop directly from the Philippines, as well as from the diaspora. Continue reading