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!
Welcome back to another episode of The Rebel Beat, a Firebrand Records podcast! This is your monthly installment of class war on the dance floor.
We have a stacked show lined up for you, as usual. The name of the game this month is capitalism, gentrification, and its impacts on underground music scenes. We know already that gentrification fucks over poor communities, the homeless, and immigrant neighborhoods, but how much have we looked at how gentrification can actually hurt the music we love? From venues being shut down to make way for condos, to artists being priced out of their homes, that’s what we’re gonna explore on this episode of The Rebel Beat.
In our Turn It Up segment, we pay some respect to Princess Nokia, the hero who threw hot soup on a racist on the NYC subway. Read more about that here.
Lee Reed was one of the first guests we ever had on The Rebel Beat! Check out our older interview with him here.
The Rebel Beat is a proud member of the Channel Zero Network of anarchist podcasts. Check them out here: www.channelzeronetwork.com
The Slackers – Eviction
The Evaporators – Gassy Jack
The Weakerthans – My favourite chords
Lee Reed – Members of the board
YG feat. Nipsey Hussle – Fuck Donald Trump
Lee Reed – No Kanada
Lee Reed – Bad Gas
Immortal Technique – Harlem streets
Lee Reed – The new steal
Princess Nokia – Tomboy
Welcome to the latest episode of The Rebel Beat podcast! Our special guest on the show this month is the veteran Minneapolis underground rapper Brother Ali! Brother Ali is a mainstay of the venerated RhymeSayers label, and a true legend in the game. His music encapsulates so many parts of his identity: activist, father, lover, Muslim, body-positive albino, deep thinker. He has a brand new album out called “All the beauty in this whole life”, and we caught up with him while he was touring his album through Montreal last month. What follows is a conversation on the new album, racism in America, how to lead a virtuous life, and why he can’t watch horror movies.
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Our special co-host on the show this month is Jesse Freeston. Jesse is a documentary filmmaker, and his most recent work, Resistencia, is an inspiring story about the battle of peasants in the Aguan Valley of Honduras. Check it!
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We honour the Black Lives Matter chapters of Toronto and Montreal, who briefly shut down the Montreal Jazz Festival during a demonstration for justice for Pierre Coriolan, murdered by Montreal police on June 27th. Here’s a report for more info.
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 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!
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 →
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 →
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 →
Welcome back to another weekly podcast of The Rebel Beat! It was a huge honour to welcome the legendary UK DJ Don Letts as our special guest on the show this week!
It is no exaggeration to say that punk rock would not be the same today were it not for Don Letts. As a staple on the early London punk rock scene, Don was best known as the DJ at the infamous club The Roxy. As a Londoner of Jamaican descent, Don famously brought reggae to the punks, hence starting a movement which bridged continents, genres, and brought together working class youth across racial lines. Continue reading →