The Rebel Beat is Firebrand Records podcast of radical political music across different genres, and across different continents, hosted and produced by Aaron Maiden on unceded Mohawk territory in Montreal.
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.
The Rebel Beat drops once a month, and will feature interviews, collaborators, and accomplices. Get it through Firebrand Records’ Soundcloud page, and check out older episodes from Rebel Beat Radio here: http://www.rebelbeatradio.com.
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".
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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
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.
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Brivele - Bread and roses
Brivele - Hungry Yid
Brivele - FTP in der Gasn
Brivele - Oy Zionists
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.
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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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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
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.
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Tracklist - Snotty Nose Rez Kids :
Cops with guns are the worst!!!
Rapid Dispatch - We're Back
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Loved hearing about Snotty Nose Rez Kids today. Have been watching their music vids all day. Thanks for this, especially in times of quarantine.
It’s so easy to get bogged down and overwhelmed these days, but this podcast reminds me what we’re fighting for. Thank you for uplifting rebel art!
An indispensable resource
The Rebel Beat is an indispensable resource for following protest music. In an era when artists seem to be making more and more protest music, Aaron is a fine curator of tunes which deserve to be heard. He also invites engaging guests to talk about their craft and perspectives on radical politics.