The Rebel Beat Podcast 051 – Viva Vi Subversa!

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Frances Sokolov, aka. Vi Subversa of the UK anarcha-feminist punk band Poison Girls. Rest in Power!

 

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Welcome back to another weekly podcast of The Rebel Beat! This week on the show, we start off with some ideal tracks that we’d love to have blaring over a loudspeaker during a riot, and then we went into a musical obituary for Vi Subversa. Vi Subversa was the lead singer of the UK anarcho-punk band Poison Girls, and she sadly passed away last week at the age of 80. Rest in power! Continue reading

The Rebel Beat Podcast 050 – Boots Riley of The Coup

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Welcome back to another weekly podcast of The Rebel Beat! Our apologies it’s been over a week since the last podcast came out, but we’ve got a few more ready to be released ASAP!

This week, we bring you an amazing interview with the bombastically radical MC of The Coup, Boots Riley, done by the equally bombastic Dave Zirin of Edge of Sports. The interview was recorded at the Politics and Prose bookshop in Washington, DC, and boots_cover_full_rnd17-frontdistributed by the ever-amazing Making Contact radio program. A fascinating and exciting listen. Do be sure to check out Boots’ recently-published book “Tell Homeland Security – We are the Bomb“.

 

Plus, as always, tons of great music here, spanning afrobeat, hip-hop, and punk rock, all with that class war edge.

 

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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

Enter-Tribal – Sisterz

Tanaya Winder – Ain’t no sunshine

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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 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 039 – Liberté, égalité, résistance!

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French/Mahgrebin hip-hop crew Ministère des Affaires Populaire (M.A.P.)

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Welcome back to our weekly podcast of The Rebel Beat. Well, fuck. Violence everywhere. Paris. Beirut. Baghdad. Yola, Nigeria. Violence against so many Black and Brown people across the world, yet it’s the violence against white colonial countries that garners so much of our attention, sympathy, and solidarity.

What more can be said about last Friday’s Paris attacks that hasn’t already been said? Not much. But we decided to do an in-depth look through music into the world of French colonialism, racism, but also resistance. What follows on this edition of The Rebel Beat is some of our favourite hip-hop, punk, and reggae from France (and former French colonies in Africa).  Music reacting to the systems of oppression that often lead to the senseless violence we saw in Paris last Friday. Continue reading

Support Class War on the Dance Floor! Donate to The Rebel Beat during CKUT’s annual funding drive (Oct 22-Nov 1)

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CKUT’s annual funding drive is coming up from October 22 to November 1. This is that one time of the year when we ask you, our listeners, to donate to the program and support people-powered radio at CKUT!

SUPPORT CLASS WAR ON THE DANCEFLOOR! DONATE TO THE REBEL BEAT!!

You can donate by calling our funding drive hotline during our funding drive special program on October 28th at 514.907.9424, or just go online any time and make a pledge!
http://ckut.ca/donate

**Our goal for The Rebel Beat is to raise $500 on the show this year. Help us get there!

**Perks! Gifts! Perks!**
Your donation to help fuel audio anarchy, radio resistance, and class war on the dancefloor doesn’t come without some appreciation! Here’s what you can get:

$$ 10 $$ – You get a custom-print CKUT sticker, and a shout out on the program!

$$ 25 $$ – A CD of your choice, and an entry into our grand prize draw!

$$ 60 $$ – A CKUT t-shirt OR a CKUT canvas bag

$$ Monthly sustainer of $10/month $$ – All of the above!

$$ Monthly sustainer of $20/month $$ – All of the above x2!

Tune in to The Rebel Beat on Wednesday, October 28th from 10pm-12am and donate!

$$$ Plus you can get some special gifts for donating to this show, including books from Aaron Maiden‘s personal collection for a donation of $30 or more: $$$

-“The Taqwacores” by Michael Muhammad Knight
-“My Back Pages: Classic Bob Dylan 1962-1969” by Andy Gill

**Why should you donate to The Rebel Beat and CKUT?**

Because every week we bring you the most current releases and oldie gems representing global revolutionary movements, on the radio and via podcast.

Because as far as we know it, we are the only weekly radio program of revolutionary political music out there.

Because since we launched earlier this year, we have brought you exclusive interviews from:
*M-1 of Dead Prez
*UK/Jamaican dub poetry legend Linton Kwesi Johnson
*Original rebel dread DJ Don Letts
*2-tone ska sensation Pauline Black
*Sound traveller Matana Roberts
*Baltimore MC and street medic Son of Nun
and so many more!

We keep the good tunes flowing, and the advertizing minimal. BUT, even though the show and the podcast are free, and the show runs on volunteer labour, it ain’t free. It costs a lot to run a community radio station, so every year we turn to our listeners for some cash to help us out.

Stay tuned for more info!

The Rebel Beat Podcast 035 – Geoff Berner on the Schadenfreude, and the painful deaths of politicians

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Welcome back to another weekly podcast of The Rebel Beat! Our very special guest on the show this week is Geoff Berner, the celebrated klezmer radical and Vancouver’s own Whisky Rabbi. Geoff has a new album out now, called “We are going to Bremen to be Musicians” on Coax Records. We caught up with him on the phone from the west coast to talk about many things, including the recent Canadian election, the slow and painful deaths of Stephen Harper and Ariel Sharon, the history of klezmer music, and much more. Enjoy, dance, and celebrate!

Also, we’re in the midst of our ANNUAL FUNDING DRIVE at CKUT radio. This is the one time of year where we turn to you, our listeners, to support all the amazing work we do at the station. None of our programmers get paid. All money goes to CKUT community radio. Pure love. If you are a subscriber to the podcast, or listen on the FM, please donate today. No amount is too big or too small.

Donate today at ckut.ca/donate!

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The Rebel Beat Podcast 032 – DJ Andy Williams and the Diaspora of Jazz

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Welcome back to this week’s edition of The Rebel Beat podcast. On this show, it is our huge pleasure to welcome back our guest DJ Andy Williams of The Goods and the Jazz Amnesty Sound System. Andy is a veritable local DJ legend in Montreal, and this was the second time we’ve had him on The Rebel Beat, following his amazing set on jazz and the Civil Rights Movement for Black History Month.

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The Rebel Beat Podcast 029 – Anarchist Resistance in Rojava, Burning Down the Borders w/ Submedia

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Welcome back to another edition of The Rebel Beat, bringing you class war on the dance floor every week!

On this edition, our monthly collaboration with Submedia.TV is back fuckin’ on! Frank was back at the controls with us to bring us amazing sets of music – we would expect no less from our favourite purveyors of global anarchist revolt and riot porn videos. Plus, we featured an interview with a Turkish anarchist, El Cuchillo, on the situation in Rojava, a liberated Kurdish territory in northern Syria. To see the Submedia video featuring that interview, head on over here. Continue reading