The Rebel Beat 082: Burn Down Babylon with Maddie Ruthless and The Far East


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.

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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



The Rebel Beat 076: Lillian Allen Fights Back with Dub Poetry


Welcome back to another edition of The Rebel Beat, a Firebrand Records podcast!

Our special guest on the program this month is a Jamaican dub poet who is considered by some to be the god-mother of rap, hip-hop, and spoken word. She is a writer, educator, and grassroots activist, and we’ll meet her in just a little bit – Lillian Allen.

We’re part of the Channel Zero Network of anarchist podcasts, and the website just went live this week! Check it out for some good listening at

On our Turn It Up segment, we give a shout out to a dope trans hip-hop artist and Black Lives Matter organizer in Montreal, Lucas Charlie Rose.

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* Playlist *

Morgan Heritage – Politician
D’bi Young w/ Assata Shakur – R/evolution
Linton Kwesi Johnson – Di great insohreckshan
Mutabaruka – Dis poem
Lillian Allen – Riddim an’ hardtimes
Lillian Allen – Fight back
Lillian Allen – Black voice
Lillian Allen – The subversives
Lucas Charlie Rose – This is what trans looks like


The Rebel Beat Podcast 062 – Curtain Call at CKUT, Re-ignition with Firebrand



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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.

So, be sure to subscribe now in iTunes, Stitcher, or anywhere else you get podcasts! We’re gonna take a bit of a break, and then come back to re-launch the show with Firebrand in July. Continue reading

The Rebel Beat Podcast 037 – DJ RastaVen at the controls, conscious reggae from Spain


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Welcome back to another weekly podcast of The Rebel Beat! One again, we’re dishing out 2 hours of incendiary music to ignite your mind, soul, and feet.

Our special guest selector this week is one of our favourite MTL-Venezuelan rude boys, DJ Rasta Ven (aka Luis Tovar of CKUT’s Latin Music Mondays).

Luis brings us some of the best reggae and hip-hop that Latin America have to offer, including some exclusives from Spanish-based conscious reggae artist Lion Sitte. Continue reading

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 020 – Original Rebel Dread Don Letts on Race, Riots, and Making Music Dangerous Again

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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

The Rebel Beat Podcast 009 – Linton Kwesi Johnson, Dub Poetry, and Black Resistance



Boom! Welcome back to another weekly podcast of The Rebel Beat, your regular dose of revolutionary music across different genres, and class war on the dance floor.

This week on the show, our special guest is the legendary British-Jamaican dub poet Linton Kwesi Johnson. Johnson hails from Clarendon, Jamaica, but immigrated to the UK in the early 60’s. From there, he got deeply involved in the Jamaican and Black diasporic reggae scenes, as well as political organizing at a time of fervent racial oppression in England. LKJ pioneered the genre of dub poetry, or dub lyricism, which combines Jamaican patois spoken word with deep reggae and dub grooves. His music amplifies the voices of Black youth who were clashing with police in the streets, and demanding dignified lives. Continue reading

Interview with Dub Poet Linton Kwesi Johnson coming up this week on The Rebel Beat


This week on the show, we’ll be bringing you an interview with the legendary British-Jamaican dub poet Linton Kwesi Johnson. LKJ has been inspiring the masses for decades with his deep poetry and music on radical racial and social justice issues. His dub lyricism focuses mostly on the Black experience in the UK, but also on global issues.

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Roots Rock Rebel Final Curtain Podcast (January 28, 2015)


Roots Rock Rebel

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

10pm-12am, CKUT, 90.3 FM, Montreal!

Well folks, this is it. The last train. The final curtain. 9 amazing years of doing Roots Rock Rebel, countless interviews with ska, reggae, and punk bands from all over the world, and endless good memories. It’s time for me, your host, Aaron Maiden, to switch gears creatively a bit, so I’m launching a brand new show, The Rebel Beat, next week. But for one last time, here is Roots Rock Rebel!

I tried to pack in all of my favorite ska bands on this last podcast, with a heavy emphasis on my hometown, Montreal, which in my humble opinion, still boasts one of the best ska scenes in the world.

You’ll hear music here from many artists who have been interviewed on the show over the years, and some of my favorite memories.

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So yeah, until next week, stay rude, and stay rebel!


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