Welcome to the Rebel Beat, a Firebrand Records podcast! This is your monthly dose of Class War on the Dance floor, hosted by Aaron Maiden.
It’s September, class is back in session, and to help us fuse the old school with the new school, educate, agitate, and organize, we’re gonna be introducing you to a Rap Battle like you’ve never heard of before – the Rap Battles for Social Justice based outta Montreal. Our special guest on the show is one of their coordinators, Nazim. Nazim is also an amazing MC in his own right. Check out his stuff here.
In our Turn It Up segment, we honor Lido Pimienta an Indigenous Colombian artist based in Toronto, who just won the Polaris Music prize for Best Canadian Album of 2017! Check out “La Papessa” by Pimienta here.
Billy Bragg and Wilco – all you fascists
Downtown Boys – A wall
Propagandhi – Victory lap
Lycka Till – Gaza
Nazim – Ta3ban
Nazim – Back to Egypt
Nazim – Diaspora blues
Rap Battle for Eco-Justice track
Lido Pimienta – Agua
What’s up Rebel Beat massive! Hope you all have been having a great summer so far. Inspired partly by our homies at SubMedia who have made some amazing music playlists this summer, and partly inspired by our need and desire to keep sharing and amplifying the rhythms and rhymes of resistance, we’ve put together a special Rebel Beat playlist for you all to rock out to this summer. There’s a bit of everything here – some punk, some folk, some hip-hop, and some new tunes from Firebrand Records. Enjoy!
Boom! Welcome back with another edition of The Rebel Beat podcast, and this one is a HUGE one for us. Sadly, this episode marks the end of The Rebel Beat as a weekly show at the mighty CKUT radio in Montreal. It’s been a beautiful 10-year run for me doing live radio on Wednesday nights at CKUT, and I’ve finally decided to give it up so that I can make time for other things in life.
BUT FEAR NOT! This is far from being the end for The Rebel Beat! As you’ll hear in this podcast, we’re thrilled to announce that we’re teaming up with Tom Morello (Rage Against the Machine), Ryan Harvey, and the whole family at Firebrand Records to keep The Rebel Beat going as a monthly Firebrand podcast!
So even though the show will only be coming out once per month, and might be a bit shorter than 2 hours, we’ll still be bringing you all the amazing interviews and music from revolutionary musicians that you’ve come to expect.
Welcome back to another weekly podcast of The Rebel Beat! IMPORTANT REMINDER: This will actually be our second-to-last weekly edition of the show that airs on CKUT radio. After next week, we’re slowing down a little bit, and switching to a monthly show. So, make sure you subscribe now to our podcast! Get it here on iTunes, Stitcher, and all your other favourite podcast platforms.
This week on the show, we have a special focus on Kurdish resistance music. Our playlist of rousing fight songs was curated by Kurdish comrades in Montreal and Toronto, and we also have an interview here with Xebat, Sores, and Melis. Xebat and Sores are Kurdish activists now based in Montreal, and Melis is a Turkish solidarity activist and member of Rojava Solidarity Montreal. Among other things, we talked about the current situation in Rojava (a Kurdish autonomous zone in northern Syria), the role of women in the struggle, and the importance of music in inspiring resistance. Continue reading →
HAPPY MAYDAY, PROLES!! Welcome back to our weekly podcast of The Rebel Beat! This week, it’s our special to honour May 1st! Celebrated all around the world by masses of workers, downtrodden, unemployed, rebels, and all of us hungry for a better world, May Day is a day to celebrate all of our struggles and resistance against capitalism, patriarchy, racism, and any other force that keeps us down.
Frank from Submedia.TV was back in studio with us for our last collaboration at CKUT! As usual, he brought in some amazing tunes to big-up workers AND non-workers struggles, and also an awesome interview on the current #NuitDebout movement in France. Continue reading →
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 →
Hello! And welcome back to another weekly podcast of The Rebel Beat!
We start off with a big announcement this week. As of May 11th, The Rebel Beat will actually no longer be a weekly show. Yeah… I know! Sad, right? But here’s why:
I (Aaron) have been doing a weekly radio show at the mighty CKUT radio every Wednesday night now for over 10 years! The podcasts that you hear here are LIVE radio. I’ve loved getting my anarchist butt into the CKUT studio once a week for the last 10 years to bring this show to our devoted local listenership on the FM, as well as all of you who visit our website or subscribe to the podcast.
But like so many good things, nothing lasts forever. Cliché, but kinda true. I’m retiring from the show in its weekly format, BUT, we will be continuing it as a less-regular podcast. It will still be awesome. It will still be revolutionary. We’ll still strive to bring you interviews with mind-blowing radical artists. And yes, from time to time, we’ll even bring The Stimulator back into studio for some trouble-making.
So, if you haven’t already done so, MAKE SURE YOU SUBSCRIBE TO OUR PODCAST!
Welcome back to another weekly podcast of The Rebel Beat!
First off, yes, we know that there are a few glitchy errors with the podcast audio this week. There was a temporary problem with CKUT’s online archives, so you’ll hear a few blips here and there, but rest assured, it won’t ruin your enjoyment of this week’s show (and it’s only in the first 10 minutes).
On the show this week, we continue a series we started back in January, looking at radical record labels. The first in this series was a retrospective on G7 Welcoming Committee records (Episode 044). This time around, our focus is Rebel Time records, an amazing punk label out of Hamilton, ON. They’ve put out some of the most important Canadian and Quebecois political punk releases over the last decade, from bands like Broadcast Zero, Action Sédition, and The Class Assassins. And they’ve even started to look across the pond, bringing amazing bands over here from France, England, and Ireland. Continue reading →
Welcome back to the latest podcast of The Rebel Beat!
This week on the show, our special guest is Drezus (aka. Jeremiah Manitopyes), a Plains Cree Indigenous MC based out of Calgary. Drezus has been making waves across Turtle Island over the last few years, especially after he took home multiple awards at last year’s Indigenous Music Awards in Winnipeg, including Best Rap Album, Indigenous Entertainer of the Year, and Best Video (for his track “War Path”).
We spoke about his life, his family, his music, and some of the most pressing issues facing Indigenous communities today. Continue reading →