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The Rebel Beat

The Rebel Beat

By Aaron Lakoff
Radical political music across different genres, and across different continents. It is the mixtape to a riot against police brutality. It is your nightly newscast set to bass and beats. It is a rallying cry against apathy. It is protest anthems from Hong Kong to Istanbul to Ferguson to Montreal.
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102: Test Their Logik on 10 years since the G20 in Toronto

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105: A People's History of Godspeed You! Black Emperor, Part 2
Our states are failed, but our side has to win. In part 2 of our series A People's History of Godspeed You! Black Emperor, we hear from Efrim Manuel Menuck who plays guitar in the band. Amidst a late-April snow storm in Montreal, and on the 20th anniversary of the anti-FTAA protests in Quebec City, we talked with Efrim about the last 25 years of the band, the movement against capitalist globalization, our rejection of Zionism, student uprisings, and hope. Missed part 1 of this series? Have a listen here. Godspeed You! Black Emperor just released their most recent album, "G_d's pee at state's end" on Constellation records in April. It is a must-listen. Like this podcast? Then support us on Patreon! Playlist A military alphabet Sleep 09-15-00 Mladic OUR SIDE HAS TO WIN (for D.H.) Rebel Beat theme music by Cee from Test Their Logik
May 27, 2021
104: A People's History of Godspeed You! Black Emperor
For the last quarter-century, Godspeed You! Black Emperor have been putting out epic, orchestral, anarchistic rock music. Their albums and legendary live performances have fuelled radical social movements in their hometown of Montreal, and all around the world. To celebrate the release of the band's latest album G_d's Pee at State's End!, The Rebel Beat is doing a 2-part people's history of Godspeed You! Black Emperor. This first episode features a conversation between host Aaron Lakoff, anarchist graphic designer Kevin Lo, and Sharmeen Khan of No One Is Illegal Toronto and Upping The Anti. We examine how the band's music has been interwoven with some of the greatest moments of social upheaval of our time, from the protests against the war in Iraq, to the massive Quebec student strike of 2012, to the current pandemic. Part 2 will feature an in-depth discussion with Efrim Manuel Menuck from the band. Coming soon. Also, happy MayDay! It's a great day to listen to Godspeed's tune Bosses Hang. Like this podcast? Then support us! Playlist Peasantry, or 'Light, inside of light!' Storm A Silver Mount Zion - God bless our dead marines We drift like worried fire Mladic Government came OUR SIDE HAS TO WIN (for D.H.) Rebel Beat theme music by Cee from Test Their Logik
May 1, 2021
103: I Pity the Country – The Life and Legacy of Willie Dunn
After a long winter hibernation, The Rebel Beat is finally back and ready to roll out some new episodes this spring! On this episode, we had the pleasure of speaking with Lawrence Dunn, the son of the late folk singer Willie Dunn. Willie Dunn was of mixed Scottish/Irish and Mi'ma'ki ancestry, and wore many hats throughout his prolific career. He was a powerful anti-colonial songwriter, a film director, an activist, and even took a run for elected office once. Some say that his music didn't get the attention that it deserved during his career, but now his son Lawrence Dunn has teamed up with Light in the Attic records to release an anthology of Willie's work, "Creation never sleeps, Creation never dies". Lawrence joins us for a heart-felt discussion on his father's music, activism and legacy. Like this podcast? Then support us on Patreon! Playlist Willie Dunn - Charlie Willie Dunn - The Ballad of Crowfoot Willie Dunn - The Carver Willie Dunn - O Canada! Willie Dunn - Louis Riel Willie Dunn - Broker Willie Dunn - I Pity the Country Willie Dunn - The Pacific Further resources The Rebel Beat episode 013 - Native North America The Ballad of Crowfoot (1968 film, National Film Board) Theme music for the Rebel Beat by Cee from Test Their Logik
April 18, 2021
A Rebel Beat Update - April 2021
After a long hiatus, we have some very exciting news from The Rebel Beat HQ, including some new episodes and documentaries rolling out this spring. Stay tuned! Like this podcast? Then support us!
April 5, 2021
102: Test Their Logik on 10 years since the G20 in Toronto
Exactly 10 years ago this June, Toronto was a battleground. The G20 had just invaded the city, with the leaders of the world’s largest economies meeting behind fortified fences to discuss pillaging the world. Outside were thousands of us, there to crash the meeting. The massive demos, and some rioting that followed, gave way to the largest mass arrest in Canadian history. Two of those people arrested were our guests on the program today, Testament and Illogik of the long-standing anarchist hip-hop duo Test Their Logik. They join us to reflect on the history of their group, the 10 year anniversary of the G20, and their new album "See". Like this podcast? Then support us on Patreon! Grab the new Test Their Logik album on their bandcamp page here! Also check out these other dope projects that Test Their Logik are involved in: Realitea Cannabucha, and the True Cost of Coal book with the Beehive Collective. Playlist Kay the Aquanaut, Cee Reality, Lee Reed - 123 Test Their Logik - Rebel Test Their Logik - WCH (Class) Test Their Logik - B Test Their Logik - C Test Their Logik - Water Test Their Logik - G8 G20 Crash the meeting Other links to things we mentioned on the show: Uprise Daily podcast (give it a listen!), Policing Black LIves book by Robyn Maynard
June 15, 2020
101: Brivele & Anti-Fascist Klezmer from Then 'Til Now
Today we’re going back in time in a way and exploring some Yiddish radical classic tunes with Brivele! Brivele is a Seattle-based anti-fascist klezmer folk-punk trio who braid together oral history, Yiddish language, contemporary and old-country musical genres, American Vaudeville, and visual arts. Check out their Bandcamp page here!  I had a chance to speak with two members of the band a while ago, Stefanie and Maia, and they talk about the lineage of this music, and why it’s just as important to be putting out anti-fascist klezmer today as it was 100 years ago.  Video of members of Brivele playing with "Yiddishists Against Prisons" in Val-David, Quebec in 2019.  After 100 episodes of The Rebel Beat, we selected our top 5! Read the post on our website here.  Like this podcast? Then support us!  Playlist  Brivele - Bread and roses  Brivele - Hungry Yid  Brivele - FTP in der Gasn  Brivele - Oy Zionists
May 25, 2020
100: A Mayday Love Letter and Collective Playlist
This is it! We've finally reached the milestone of 100 episodes of The Rebel Beat. And to make it all the more sweet, this is our Mayday special! Franklin Lopez, long-time anarchist agitator, video ninja, and founder of Submedia is back to co-host as we discuss the history of The Rebel Beat, the significance of Mayday, the Wet'suwet'en uprising against pipelines, and staying rebellious in these pandemic times. PLUS, we have a ton of Mayday greetings and shoutouts from artists and rebels all over the world! So this episode is part collective playlist, and part collective love letter from us to you on this socially-distant Mayday. Like this podcast? Then support us! Tracklist Brivele - Bread and roses Geoff Berner - Dalloy polizei The Mayday Orchestra - Center of the storm Lia Rose - We are the ones Ramy Essam - Hela hela Chumbawamba - Voices that’s all Dolly Parton - 9-5 A Tribe Called Red - Land Back Rebel Diaz - Which side are you on? (Remix) Immortal Technique - 3rd world Leslie Fish - Bella ciao The Proclaimers - The Joyful Kilmarnock Blues Ana Tijoux - Antifa dance Lee Reed - The rents Kareem Samara - Light for S.H. Norman Nawrocki - We are pickers and packers Dennis Brown - Revolution Pat Kelly - The workman’s song Victor Rice - Bebida Union Thugs - Héros et martyrs
May 1, 2020
99: Irreversible Entanglements
Irreversible Entanglements are a liberation-oriented free jazz collective formed in early 2015 by saxophonist Keir Neuringer, poet Camae Ayewa (a.k.a. Moor Mother) and bassist Luke Stewart, who came together to perform at a Musicians Against Police Brutality event organized after the slaying of Akai Gurley by the NYPD. Their music is soothing, chaotic, powerful, and deeply rooted in movements for Black freedom and resistance. Today on the Rebel Beat we're joined by Keir and Luke from the band who join us from Philly and Washington D.C. respectively to talk about their new album "Who sent you?", band life under lockdown, and the radical politics of jazz improvisation. Enjoy! Episode 100 will be coming out on May Day (May 1st), and we want to hear from you! Send us your audio Mayday greetings to by April 27th Dig this podcast? Then support us! Tracklist Charles Mingus - Better git hit in your soul De La Soul - Say no go Irreversible Entanglements - Fireworks Irreversible Entanglements - Who sent you / Ritual Irreversible Entanglements - Chicago to Texas Irreversible Entanglements - The Code Noir / Amina Irreversible Entanglements - No mas
April 22, 2020
98: Snotty Nose Rez Kids
The Snotty Nose Rez Kids, an Indigenous hip-hop duo hailing from the Haisla nation, join us to chop it up about their new EP "Born Deadly", the #ShutDownCanada movement against pipelines and artist life under COVID-19. Like this podcast? Then support us! Paypal: Tracklist - Snotty Nose Rez Kids :  Real Deadly Warriors Cops with guns are the worst!!! KKKanada Boujee Natives Skoden
April 14, 2020
Rapid Dispatch - We're Back
Just a quick note to say that we're coming back with some more Rebel Beat episodes very soon! Hang tight, and make sure you're subscribed!
April 12, 2020
Episode 97 – An Update From Wet’suwet’en   Happy new year! And welcome back to another edition of The Rebel Beat. On this edition, I wanted to share a radio program I guest-hosted on CKUT radio in Montreal, Funky Revolutions. What you’re about to hear is a 2 hour music mix of funky soul, hip-hop, reggae, and folk, with a […]
January 20, 2020
Episode 96 – Natural Sympathies   Natural Sympathies is the solo project of the talented & visionary artist Amber Goodwyn. It is synth-pop with deep hooks and layering, powerful lyrics, and a very danceable live show. Amber is a musician, a mother, a community radio programmer, and a feminist. She joins us on this episode of the Rebel Beat […]
October 18, 2019
Episode 95 – Josh MacPhee’s Encyclopedia of Political Record Labels   Josh MacPhee does beautiful art. He is a member of the Justseeds collective, and if you love their work, you might have some of his prints up on your wall. In recent years, Josh has turned his focus from visual art and graphic design to revolutionary music, and he is the author […]
September 23, 2019
We’re Back! Episode 093: Backxwash   ** Do you like this podcast? Then support us on Patreon! After a prolonged hiatus for most of 2019, we’re back with a brand new episode of The Rebel Beat! This one is a bit of a throwback to our old format, since it’s part of a residency we’re doing at […]
August 19, 2019
Episode 092: Big Announcements for 2019
This is our last episode of the Rebel Beat for 2018, and we have some big news about the podcast as we head into 2019. Ryan Harvey of Firebrand records joins us to talk about that news, plus some of his favorite music of the year, and what it means to be a working-class […]
December 19, 2018
Episode 091: 18 Year Old Xiuhtezcatl Throwing Down for The Land & People
What’s up! Welcome to the latest edition of The Rebel Beat for November 2018! Our special guest on the show this month is Xiuhtezcatl! Xiuhtezcatl is maybe the busiest, fiercest, and most accomplished 18-year old we’ve ever spoken with. He’s an Indigenous hip-hop artist based out of Boulder, Colorado, a youth activist, and he’s […]
November 29, 2018
Gritty: The Anti-Fascist Hockey Hero – Changing On The Fly   Hey Rebel Beat listeners! We interrupt our regular programming to bring you another episode of Changing On The Fly, Aaron’s other podcast, that we think you’re gonna love. Check it! How did Gritty, the new mascot for the Philadelphia Flyers, become the new mascot for the American anti-fascist movement? Gritty is a […]
November 4, 2018
The Rebel Beat 090: The Union Thugs, Music, and Direct Action
Oi! Oi! Vey! Welcome to the latest episode of The Rebel Beat! Straight outta the ranks of Montreal’s Wobblies, we’ve got an interview with The Union Thugs. The Union Thugs are a folk-punk band who take a page from the little red song book, and give a nod to the great working class music […]
October 24, 2018
Changing On The Fly Episode 1: This Game We Love, On Stolen Land
Hey Rebel Beat listeners! We interrupt our regular programming to bring you something special – the very first episode of Changing On The Fly, Aaron’s new podcast on hockey and radical politics! If you want to follow along with all future episodes, subscribe to Changing On The Fly now wherever you get your podcasts (Apple, […]
October 3, 2018