The Rebel Beat Podcast 058 – Di Nigunim’s legacy of anarcho-klezmer-punk

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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!

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The Rebel Beat Podcast 057 – Queer Cold Wave

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Welcome back to the latest edition of The Rebel Beat!

Our very special guest on the show this week is Marianna Szczygielska, aka DJ Cyborg Monkey! Marianna is a queer-feminist DJ, originally from Poland, and now based out of Budapest, Hungary.

DJ Cyborg Monkey is a mainstay on the radical queer music scene in Budapest, and a member of the feminist space Klit. Continue reading

The Rebel Beat Podcast 056 – Rebel Music for Rebel Times

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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

The Rebel Beat Podcast 055 – Drezus on a warpath

 

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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

The Rebel Beat Podcast 054 – HellnBack on Family over everything

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Karmen James Omeasoo, aka. HellnBack

 

 

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Boooom! Welcome back to another weekly podcast of The Rebel Beat! Our special guest on the show this week is Indigenous MC HellnBack. Hailing from the Samson Cree First Nation in Alberta, but now calling Winnipeg his home, HellnBack is a veteran on the hip-hop scene, some even calling him the “Grandfather of Native hip-hop”. He was an early member of 90s rap groups War Party and Team Rezofficial, before finally setting in on a solo career. His latest album is called F.O.E.=Family Over Everything, and we talked with HellnBack about his long career in the game, the importance of family, and using hip-cover170x170hop as a tool of resistance to fight back against suicide and depression. Continue reading

The Rebel Beat Podcast 052 – International Women’s Day Music

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Welcome back to another weekly podcast of The Rebel Beat! This week, we’re very proud to bring you our annual International Women’s Day special. International Women’s Day is celebrated around the world on March 8th in order to amplify women’s struggles against patriarchy, capitalism, racism, and all other forms of oppression and domination.

On the show this week, we talked about some of the many IWD events happening in Montreal. But if you’re not in Montreal, be sure to look for local events happening in your city or town! Continue reading

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 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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