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 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 030 – DJ Killjoy at the Controls

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Aaaand we’re back with another weekly Rebel Beat podcast! This week, we were blessed at the controls by our friend DJ Killjoy. She brought in a wicked set of mostly local MTL artists, and we chatted about the local scene, feminism and women in music, and more. Plus we also give a look at some of the winners and highlights from the recent Indigenous Music Awards that were held in Winnipeg. Enjoy! Continue reading

The Rebel Beat Podcast 028 – Pauline Black of The Selecter on ‘Subculture’


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Welcome back to another weekly podcast of The Rebel Beat! Our special guest on the show this week is Pauline Black of the legendary UK 2-tone ska band The Selecter. The Selecter have been playing music for over 35 years, and have always brought an incredibly poignant anti-racist and anti-sexist element to ska music. They just released their new album ‘Subculture’, and Pauline tells us all about it.

Plus, we also had a surprise guest drop by the studio, Paola Quiros, from one of our favourite podcasts, Suena a Revolucion! Suena a Revolucion is based out of Vancouver, and features mostly feminist music from across Latin America and the Caribbean. Make sure you check them out! Continue reading

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


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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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Roots Rock Rebel Podcast – January 21 2015

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This is the Roots Rock Rebel podcast for January 21, 2015 – our second last one ever! We previewed some new tunes from the Hub City Stompers album “Life After Death”, hot off the press from Stubborn Records, plus a set of Puerto Rican and Mexican ska, and some of our favorite Montreal ska bands such as The Kingpins, Danny Rebel and the KGB, and the Fundamentals. Enjoy!