Oi! Oi! Vey!
Welcome to the latest episode of The Rebel Beat!
Straight outta the ranks of Montreal’s Wobblies, we’ve got an interview with The Union Thugs. The Union Thugs are a folk-punk band who take a page from the little red song book, and give a nod to the great working class music heroes like Woody Guthrie and Billy Bragg. The Union Thugs feel most at home playing on today’s picket lines, using their bodies and their instruments to clog the wheels of capitalism. Bosses, beware!
Pete Seeger – Talking Union The Ex – Bourgeois Blues
Union Thugs – Solidarity
Union Thugs – Union Maid
Union Thugs – War on the workers
Union Thugs – Juillet 1936
Union Thugs – Solidarity forever
Mary J Blige feat. Kendrick Lamar – 41 Shots (American skin)
May 1st is May Day. It is your day. It is our day. It is a day to take back time from the bosses, landlords, and rulers of this Earth, and a day to celebrate resistance.
Let this be your soundtrack.
The Rebel Beat is back with our annual May Day special podcast episode, and like last year, we recorded this one live at CKUT community radio in Montreal during a rousing session of World Skip The Beat.
Abdullah Ibrahim – Mannenberg is where it’s happening
Miriam Makeba & The Skylarks – Ekoneni
Mbongeni Ngema – Lizobuya
Seun Keuti & Egypt 80 – Corporate public control department
Didier Awadi -Ma révolution
Denis Brown – Revolution
Screechy Dan – Raise your glass (fi di working class)
King Zumbi feat. Delhi Sultanate – Riot police
Romain Virgo – Minimum wage
Oku Onuora – How long
Lillian Allen – I fight back
Ana Tijoux – Antipatriarca
Las Cafeteras – La bamba rebelde
Atis Indepandan – Papa-m monte oun bato
M.I.A. – Borders
Narcy – False flags
Il Nuovo Canzoniere Italiano – Bella Ciao
New Yiddish Chorale – Barrikadn (barricades)
Yiddish Glory – Mayn pulemyot (my machine gun)
Unknown Artist (Kurdistan) – Internationale
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 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!
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 members 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
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
Boom! Welcome back to another weekly edition of The Rebel Beat! Just a reminder that in a few weeks, we sadly won’t be doing this on a weekly basis any more, so if you haven’t subscribed to the podcast yet, do it now on iTunes or Stitcher! And, no matter where you subscribe, be sure to leave us a review and rating!
This week on the program, we bring you an overview of the annual Howl Arts Festival in Montreal. If you’re not familiar with the Howl Arts collective, they are a grouping of radical activists and artists in Montreal, trying to bridge the divides between culture and social movements. Not only do they put on amazing concerts and release amazing music, but they also organize interventions where artists speak out against gentrification, austerity, and police brutality. All said, we have a lot affinity with them here at The Rebel Beat. Continue reading →
Welcome back to another weekly podcast of The Rebel Beat! March 15th is the International Day Against Police Brutality, and to warm everyone up for the occasion, we’ve got Frank from Submedia.TV back in studio this week to fan the flames of resistance against the coppers.
In Montreal, this will be the 20th year in a row that peeps will be taking to the streets to fight back against the daily violence that so many face at the hands of the pigs. To celebrate this resistance, we’ve got 2 hours of music here that loudly proclaims we’re still not lovin’ police. Never have, never will. Continue reading →
Welcome back to another weekly edition of The Rebel Beat! Well, this week marks exactly 1 year that we’ve been producing this radio show at CKUT. So… happy fuckin’ birthday to us! Let’s give a HUGE shout-out to all the amazing bands, artists, and activists we’ve had on the show, as well as to our mothership, CKUT – truly the best community radio station on the planet.
Getting down to business, February is of course Black History Month. Here at the Rebel Beat, we recognize the complexity of this month, being only a month, and how reductive that can be. Yet at the same time, we think it’s an important opportunity to highlight some key ongoing and historical trends in Black community resistance and art. Continue reading →
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.
This week on the podcast, we spend the better part of an hour with the amazing Nantali Indongo (aka. I Am Blackgirl) of Nomadic Massive. Nantali was in studio to talk about a new documentary film “The Ninth Floor“, which looks at the infamous Computer Riot at Concordia University in 1969. We spoke with Nantali about her personal connection to the incident (her father was one of the main activists involved), about the legacy of the affair for the Black community of Montreal, Black youth empowerment, and of course, the new Nomadic Massive album.
Plus we also dropped a set of tunes for Palestine, where sadly Israeli apartheid and racism is raging once again. And finally, we sincerely hope that this will be the last Rebel Beat podcast to come out under the tyrannical regime of Stephen Harper in Canada (although we urge everyone to keep fighting any bullshit politician lining up to take his place). Good riddance, you schmuck. Continue reading →
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 →