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.
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".
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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.
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
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.
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Brivele - Bread and roses
Brivele - Hungry Yid
Brivele - FTP in der Gasn
Brivele - Oy Zionists
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.
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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
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 email@example.com by April 27th
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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
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.
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Tracklist - Snotty Nose Rez Kids :
Cops with guns are the worst!!!
https://ia601409.us.archive.org/15/items/funkyrevolutionsjanuary182019/The%20Rebel%20Beat%20Funky%20Revolutions%20Episode%2097.mp3 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 […]
https://ia601504.us.archive.org/26/items/episode96final/Episode%2096%20final.mp3 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 […]
https://ia801501.us.archive.org/28/items/rebelbeatepisode95final/Rebel%20Beat%20episode%2095%20final.mp3 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 […]
https://ia601405.us.archive.org/2/items/mtlsessionsaug13finalpodcast/MTL%20Sessions%20Aug%2013%20final_podcast.mp3 ** Do you like this podcast? Then support us on Patreon! https://www.patreon.com/rebelbeatradio 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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
https://ia601503.us.archive.org/20/items/RebelBeatFeedCOTFGritty/Rebel%20Beat%20feed%20COTF%20Gritty.mp3 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 […]
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 […]
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, […]