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Jane Weaver can take my soul anytime.
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Thanks for posting this.  I really enjoyed it. :-)
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Abed is watching you. #sixseasonsandamovie
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'Sex and the City' brought me here.
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Jay Crocker's 2011 solo album Co-Stars was a work of twisted indie-rock/noise-pop brilliance. How he remains one of Calgary's best kept secrets is a mystery. Just check one of its best tracks, "Brain Freeze." If Radiohead or Beck put this track out as a single, it would go gold within a week.
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This is one of the few songs from my childhood that never grew old for me. I still love it.
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I've always loved this song as well.  Keep the music alive bro!
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Believe the hype: +Alabama Shakes kick ass. They tore +Squamish Valley Music Festival a new one this weekend. I don't know how to make it happen, but I'd like to see them replace the Confederate flag. If you can't see Brittany Howard's brilliance, you don't deserve to have an opinion about the South. Words of a less controversial nature at +Exclaim Magazine. #svmf  
Walking out to the dramatic sound of 'Walk On By' by Isaac Hayes, Alabama Shakes captured the crowd's attention from the get-go, a fact made evident by the size of the crowd that swelled around one of Squamish's biggest stages throughout their set. F...
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No, it's your mother. Show some goddamn respect.
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With 'Hirondelle & Beretta,' their 2013 album released through Petrol Chips and Moon Glyph, French baroque-pop act Tara King Th. essentially said, "For those about to trip balls, we salute you!"
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Thanks to Roy Budd for writing one of my all-time favorite movie themes.
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R.I.P. Yvonne Craig (May 16, 1937 – August 17, 2015)
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The only colors that should matter are the ones on your jersey.
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"Give Me Your Love" by Extra Classic, from their 2011 album 'Your Light Like White Lightning, Your Light Like A Laser Beam' remains one of the most perfect love songs ever written, at least to my heart.
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While First Aid Kit are cute as a bug's ear, they threw me one hell of a curveball in this set at +Squamish Valley Music Festival. Words at +Exclaim Magazine. #svmf
With a gold sheet covering the back of the stage and a banner for their 2014 album Stay Gold on top of it, First Aid Kit concluded a lengthy North American tour on a high with their set at Squamish. Aided by Melvin 'Tiger' Duffy on pedal steel, mando...
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Music Critic
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  • The Georgia Straight
    Freelance Writer, 2014 - present
  • Exclaim!
    Music Critic, 2010 - present
  • PopMatters
    Music Critic, 2007 - present
  • Tiny Mix Tapes
    Music Critic, 2004 - present
  • The Cobalt
    Social Media, 2013 - 2014
  • Hybridity Music
    Director of Communications, 2012 - 2013
  • Canadian Broadcasting Corporation
    Freelance Writer, 2012 - 2012
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Freelance Music Scribe & Social Media Plague
Introduction
Author of blurbs, curator of playlists, and booker of shows, Alan Ranta has been plugging away at that music writing and programming thing since 2004. His brutally honest critical opinion has appeared in such publications as Exclaim!, CBC Music, PopMatters and Tiny Mix Tapes, and has been enlisted to help judge the  Polaris Music Prize, Pazz & Jop, and Juno Awards. Based in East Van, he graduated with a BFA in music from Simon Fraser University in 2012. He's also a social media plague, cat whisperer, socio-political haranguer, Canucks fan, and one of the last remaining cowboys, with a butt that won't quit.
Education
  • Simon Fraser University
    Music, 2008 - 2012
    BFA (with distinction)
  • Thompson Rivers University
    English, Philosophy, Psychology, 1999 - 2003