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):
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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 Podcast 059 – Howl Arts Festival Inspires Montreal

 

 

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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

The Rebel Beat Podcast 053 – Music to burn cop cars to

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Anti-cop ninjas fly through the night on March 15th in Montreal

 

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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

The Rebel Beat podcast 048 – Black History Month with the Fro Foundation

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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

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.

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Playlist January 27, 2016

Enter-Tribal – Sisterz

Tanaya Winder – Ain’t no sunshine

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The Rebel Beat podcast 034 – Nantali Indongo of Nomadic Massive on the Computer Riots at Concordia, Black Activism, and Hip Hop Education

 

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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

The Rebel Beat podcast 033 – Revolution Fest III preview

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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

The Rebel Beat podcast 030 – DJ Killjoy at the Controls

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Aaaand we’re back with another weekly Rebel Beat podcast! This week, we were blessed at the controls by our friend DJ Killjoy. She brought in a wicked set of mostly local MTL artists, and we chatted about the local scene, feminism and women in music, and more. Plus we also give a look at some of the winners and highlights from the recent Indigenous Music Awards that were held in Winnipeg. Enjoy! Continue reading

The Rebel Beat Podcast 025 – Indigenous Hip-Hop Artist Project Toombz & The Crafting of “Nomad”

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Shane Kelsey aka. Project Toombz

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Welcome back to another weekly podcast of The Rebel Beat! After taking a week off, we’re back at it, refreshed as ever. Our special guest on the program this week is Shane Kelsey aka. Project Toombz. Shane is a Montreal-based Indigenous hip-hop artist, but also works as an activist and frontline worker at a homeless shelter. He started to make waves in MTL with his previous outfit, Northern Collection, but after parting ways with his bandmate, launched a solo project under Project Toombz. He’s already put out some amazing videos, and is now crowd-funding for his first full-length album, “Nomad”. Check it, pre-order your copy, and support the album by clicking here!

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