Profile

Cover photo
Alan Ranta
Works at Exclaim!
Attended Simon Fraser University
Lives in Vancouver, BC
881 followers|95,713 views
AboutPostsPhotosVideos+1's

Stream

Alan Ranta

Shared publicly  - 
 
"It remains to be confirmed how much of Goat's backstory is truthful or what all the assimilated cultural imagery means, but in Goat's case, the meaning is in the music itself, the medium is the message and the... mystery is icing on the cake. Regardless, Goat would hurt themselves if they rocked any harder, and that is powerful enough in itself to steal the fire of the gods in the name of humanity."
#livereview via +Exclaim! / +Exclaim Magazine
4
Add a comment...
 
Better educate yourself and vote accordingly, Canada. The Conservative gov't is doing everything it can to undermine your democracy. #stopharper #cdnpoli  
6
2
Jamie Smith's profile photopat donovan's profile photoRaine Sky's profile photo
 
appointing return officers? A NEW policing, also gov't appointed?
 new regs on who has the right stuff?
 
 arguing facts, law, procedures; person property and behaviors.

 cheap, legal and harmless this isn't.

pat
Add a comment...

Alan Ranta

Shared publicly  - 
 
Man, this is something else!
 
It’s opening week of "50 Shades of Black" here at the studio. Get excited for the #art, box sets, record store installation, and musical performances by Z-trip and other special guests.

Box sets will be available in limited quantity for in-person purchases only during the opening on Wednesday, April 16; no phone orders, and credit card only please. Limit 1 per person/household/credit card.

More info: http://bitly.com/OG50ShadesofBlack

17
1
Jesse Preston's profile photoMax MacDonald's profile photo
 
Great artwork.
Add a comment...

Alan Ranta

Shared publicly  - 
 
My mind is clogged with guesses as to what is in this man's record collection.
 
A record store installation with customized vintage turntables and a portion of Fairey’s own record collection will be on view at Subliminal Projects during the "50 Shades of Black" show. Viewers can participate in the exhibition by selecting records from Fairey’s collection and playing them on the provided record player. #ObeyGiant #art #vinyl

More info: http://bitly.com/OG50ShadesofBlack
27
1
Lorene Tomanik's profile photoJesse Preston's profile photoSionna Darga's profile photo
2 comments
 
76's or 78's records my Grandad use to teach us Czech Language with as we Laughed our guts Out! Wished I had it Now!! ♥
Add a comment...

Alan Ranta

commented on a video on YouTube.
Shared publicly  - 
 
I can see all the conspiracy theory fundamentalists foaming at the mouth already. Expect an onslaught of poor spelling, bad grammar, and confusing punctuation to logjam the comment section of this video. Unfortunately for them, Sole hits the mark on all counts, as usual. #perspective
17
Tom Filepp's profile photo
 
Indeed!
Add a comment...
Have him in circles
881 people
chris coughran's profile photo

Alan Ranta

Shared publicly  - 
 
Like 'em or not, the Trudeau's get shit done.
 
On this day in 1982, Canada's Constitution made its long journey home after receiving endorsement from the British Parliament. Watch coverage of the patriation ceremony with Queen Elizabeth and Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau.
3
1
Raine Sky's profile photo
Add a comment...

Alan Ranta

Shared publicly  - 
 
It's been a long time coming, but I'm happy to see Evy Jane have finally announced that they have officially signed to +Ninja Tune. They're one of the most interesting acts in #VancouverBC . Time to share it with the world!
6
Add a comment...
 
Austin via Oakland experimental pop artist Bill Baird makes his Moon Glyph debut with a mini-album of balanced absurdity.

ARTIST: +Bill Baird 
ALBUM: 'Diamond Eyepatch'
LABEL: +Moon Glyph 
#albumreview via +PopMatters #bestalbumsof2014  
7
Princelia Martinez's profile photo
 
I love music, art and you're Andre the giant profile photo
Add a comment...

Alan Ranta

Shared publicly  - 
 
Thanks for the tunes, Wired!
 
From De La Soul & J Dilla to Elbow, there's room for everyone on this great ship we call the Weekend Playlist:

http://wrd.cm/1oV2Wg9
13
1
John Murphy's profile photo
Add a comment...
 
This music is visionary.

ARTIST: ANDROMEDA MEGA EXPRESS ORCHESTRA
ALBUM: 'Live on Planet Earth'
LABEL: Alien Transistor
RELEASED: APR.11.2014

#albumreview via +Exclaim! #bestalbumsof2014  
5
1
Raine Sky's profile photo
Add a comment...
People
Have him in circles
881 people
chris coughran's profile photo
Work
Occupation
Music
Employment
  • Exclaim!
    Music Critic, 2010 - present
  • PopMatters
    Music Critic, 2007 - present
  • Tiny Mix Tapes
    Music Critic, 2004 - present
  • The Cobalt
    Social Media, 2013 - present
  • Hybridity Music
    Director of Communications, 2012 - 2013
  • Canadian Broadcasting Corporation
    Freelance Writer, 2012 - 2012
  • The Nerve Magazine
    Music Critic, 2006 - 2007
  • The Skinny
    Music Critic, 2008 - 2009
  • ION Magazine
    Music Critic, 2006 - 2007
Places
Map of the places this user has livedMap of the places this user has livedMap of the places this user has lived
Currently
Vancouver, BC
Previously
Kamloops, BC - Williams Lake, BC - Edinburgh, Scotland
Story
Tagline
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
Basic Information
Gender
Male
Looking for
Friends, Networking
Relationship
In a relationship
Other names
Filmore Mescalito Holmes
Alan Ranta's +1's are the things they like, agree with, or want to recommend.
Chains of Love - Misery Makers Vol. 2 (EP Stream) (Premiere)
www.popmatters.com

Vancouver's pop-soul darlings Chains of Love are set to release the second installment in their Misery Makers EP series on March 25, care of

For New Jersey Devils Fans
www.inlouwetrust.com

Welcome to the SB Nation blog about the New Jersey Devils! New here? Check out the Rules and Guidelines before posting.

Temporary Residence ltd
plus.google.com

www.temporaryresidence.com

Excelsior Recordings
plus.google.com

Excelsior Recordings • Musis Sacrum • Est. 1996

!K7 Records
plus.google.com

!K7 is an independent record label based in Berlin

Weird Canada
plus.google.com

hyperbolic enthusiasm for the creative indulgence of northernly fringe. music, art, etcetera

Rotten Tomatoes
plus.google.com

Unite the critics, inform the world, conquer space.

By Divine Right Vancouver Cobalt
www.thesnipenews.com

By Divine Right Vancouver Cobalt preview

Polaris Pick: Slim Twig — A Hound At The Hem | Polaris Music Prize
www.polarismusicprize.ca

Alan Ranta is a writer for Exclaim! Magazine and booker for The Cobalt. He believes Slim Twig's A Hound At The Hem should win the 2013 Polar

Austin’s adventurous Bill Baird leads avant-orchestra at Cobalt on Frida...
blogs.theprovince.com

Bill Baird Where: The Cobalt Hotel, 917 Main Street When: Friday, 8 p.m. EARLY SHOW Tickets: $10 at Highlife, Red Cat and Zulu Records Info:

The Georgia Straight
plus.google.com

Metro Vancouver's leading source for local news, arts, and entertainment coverage, whatever the platform.

The Onion
plus.google.com

America's Finest News Source

Pepe Deluxé: Queen of the Wave
www.popmatters.com

An epic pop opera surf rock concept album of such grandiose ambition and intricate execution that it washes away all other contemporary atte

Meet the Guy Who's Slagging Off the Canadian Music Industry | VICE Canada
www.vice.com

Paul Lewton has been mercilessly shitting on the Canadian music industry left and right, so we went to meet up with him to see what his prob

Alan Ranta diversifies the Cobalt
www.straight.com

One of the most versatile music writers in the city starts his newest gig buying talent for the Cobalt this month.

Oren Ambarchi: Audience of One
www.popmatters.com

If this album could have received the editing it needed, it would have made for an extraordinary EP.