We’re back with another monthly edition of The Rebel Beat, a Firebrand Records podcast, and your purveyors of class war on the dance floor, each and every moon cycle.
Our special guest on the podcast this time around is Maddie Ruthless, the front woman of the band The Far East. The Far East hail from Brooklyn, NY, and play a blend of unapologetic reggae that is as sultry as it is hard-edged.
We spoke with Maddie about the radical, anti-imperialist and anti-racist message of reggae, being a woman in the music scene, anti-fascist music in the age of Trump, AND touring with 2-tone ska legends The Specials.
In our Turn It Up segment, we big up the Black activists, scholars, and musicians such as Talib Kweli, Tom Morello, and Vic Mensa who signed an open letter from the Dream Defenders calling for the freedom of Palestinian youth activist Ahed Tamimi. Here is their letter.
Hortense Ellis – People make the world go round
Mos Dub – Johnny too beef
Maddie Ruthless and the Forthrights – They didn’t build this world for you
The Far East – Youthman
Lady Ann – Doctor doctor
The Far East – Can we make it up
The Specials – Racist friend
The Far East – Betrayer
Vic Mensa – We could be free
Welcome to the latest episode of The Rebel Beat, a Firebrand Records podcast!
This is our year end episode, and it is a HUGE one. Every year, the Polaris Music Prize is awarded for the best album in Canada, as selected by a jury of music journalists. The winner of that award in 2017 was Lido Pimienta for her album “La Papessa”. Lido is a queer Indigenous afro-Colombian musician who lives in Toronto, she is rad as fuck, she is never shy to speak her mind, and she is our guest today on The Rebel Beat. Check out Lido’s music and buy her stuff here.
Want to see our round-up of best radical music in 2017? Check out our blog post here!
In our Turn It Up segment, we drop a brand new tune from the Palestinian band 47 Soul, and honor the hundreds of thousands of people who are taking to the streets around the world to say #HandsOffJerusalem!
This is our MayDay special for The Rebel Beat! We recorded this live on May 1st at CKUT radio in Montreal as part of the show “World Skip The Beat”.
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This episode features Mayday greetings from the following artists, musicians, and organizers: Kareem Samara, Ryan Harvey, Mother Tareka, Shireen Crisis Folk, Kevin Caplicki (JustSeeds), Son of Nun,
Louise Barry (Interference Archive), Krusheska (Suena a Revolucion), Vero Ordaz (Interference Archive), Test their Logik, Mostafa Henaway (Immigrant Workers Centre, Montreal), Stefan Christoff (Howl Arts Collective), Jasmin de la Calzada (Pinay, Montreal)
* Playlist *
The New Yiddish Chorale – Maylid
Daniel Kahn & the Painted Bird – Mayn Rue Platz
Phil Ochs – Automation song
Atis Independan – Kamarad
Linton Kwesi Johnson – What about di workin’ class
Screechy Dan – Raise your glass (fi di working class)
Delhi Sultanate feat. Begum X – No capitalist shall escape
Mother Tareka & the Rebel Funktion – Ahleen
Kareem Samara – Light for s.h.
Son of Nun – Free Palestine
Ramy Essam – Foul caviar
HK et les Saltimbanks – On lache rien
Dolly Parton – 9 to 5
Stevie Wonder – Living for the city
Ryan Harvey feat. bells roar, Raast, Shireen – Light in the morning
Las Cafeteras – This land is your land
Santa Cecilia – Ice el hielo
Ana Tijoux – Luchin
Inti Illimani – Cancion del poder popular
Kiwi Illafonte – Medly
Test Their Logik – B
Talco – Bella ciao
Fela Kuti – Expensive shit
Hope this message finds you well, and the coming of spring is keeping your revolutionary spirits lifted!
Even though we’re just about to release our April edition of the podcast, I’m already looking ahead to our May episode. I’m doing a MayDay special for the Rebel Beat, and I want it to be filled with voices and greetings from our listeners. So I need your help!
I want you to send me a quick (1-2 minute) audio recording (you can do this on your phone or computer) of your MayDay greeting to other Rebel Beat listeners. The greeting can answer the question “What does MayDay mean to you?” You can also include a request for your favourite MayDay song! Anything that pumps you up while you’re heading out to a protest or picket line. And I guarantee we’ll play it on the show if you send us a greeting!
You can send me the audio files by April 30 at the latest to firstname.lastname@example.org, or through The Rebel Beat Facebook page:
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Back in October, we at the Rebel Beat had the honour of participating in an amazing panel discussion put on by the Interference Archive in Brooklyn, New York.
In case you missed it, you can have a listen to the whole panel here! Full description of the panel below. And be sure to subscribe to the Interference Archive’s podcast, “Audio Interference”, here:
To mark the occasion of the launch of Season 2 of Audio Interference, we hosted a panel discussion on the use of podcasts as propaganda and community building tools. The event was held at Interference Archive on October 4, 2016. Panelists included:
-Julie Golia, Director of Public History at Brooklyn Historical Society and co-host and producer of Flatbush + Main
-Zaheer Ali, Oral Historian at Brooklyn Historical Society and co-host and producer of Flatbush + Main
-Aaron Lakoff, curator and host of Rebel Beat
-Kaitlin Prest, creative director and host of The Heart, a podcast and art project exploring love, bodies, gender and sexuality distributed by Radiotopia by PRX
-Tennessee Jane Watson, a reporter, artist and educator, who produces audio documentaries, oral histories, sound installations and youth media projects
-Mark Winston Griffith, Executive Director at Brooklyn Movement Center and co-host and co-producer of The Third Rail.
The panel was moderated by Louise Barry, one of the creators of Audio Interference.
Music: “Picture Book” by Dave Depper, courtesy of the Free Music Archive. Produced by Interference Archive.
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 →
American elections got you down? Then it sounds like you need a good dose of revolutionary music! Never fear, because we’re back with the latest edition of The Rebel Beat, a Firebrand Records podcast!
Our special guest on the show this week is the raging Scotish anarcho-punk
band Oi Polloi! They’ve been churning out 100% anti-fascist street-crust since 1981, and they show no signs of slowing down. Aaron caught up with them while they were in Montreal for Revolution Fest, and we’ll hear an in-depth conversation on everything from Brexit and Scotish independence, to protecting Gaelic and other Indigenous languages, to BASHING THE FASH! Continue reading →