Compelled to words by music since 2004, Ranta's words have appeared in such esteemed publications as Exclaim!, Tiny Mix Tapes, CBC Music, and PopMatters. He also regularly votes for the Polaris Music Prize, Village Voice Pazz & Jop, Juno Awards, and in all local, provincial, and federal elections. Based in East Vancouver, he's been known to a rave and/or rant, cat whisper, play basketball, pessimistically root for the Canucks, and read far too many comment sections. He graduated with distinction from SFU in 2012, with a bachelor's degree in music.
It's Going to Get Dark: An Interview with the Milk Carton Kids | 3 Apr 2013 // 6:10 PM
As they toured in support of their 2011 albums, given away for free online, Kenneth Pattengale and Joey Ryan sat down with PopMatters to drink whiskey and discuss the folk scene, the Canadian Football League, The Simpsons, and the Rocky Mountains.
Hey Buddy, Got a Spare Time Machine? Ask Pepe Deluxé | 30 Sep 2009 // 5:00 PM
The day will come when Spare Time Machine is revered as the masterpiece it is by the crowd it deserves. Luckily, Tomi Paajaanen and James Spectrum have this happy pill to keep them sane until that day arrives.
Cuts Without Pastes: Electronic Music Artists that Fell Through the Cracks | 16 Dec 2012 // 5:25 PM
Not everyone can be Al Walser. Despite their abilities and efforts, some producers didn't click with their audiences, ending up in some kind of digital purgatory. Alan Ranta looks at a few artists that, for various reasons, slipped through the cracks.
Party Machine: The Rise of Canadian Electronic Music | 2 May 2012 // 6:00 PM
If Toronto is having a Seattle moment, as The New York Times called it, it's fair to say that Canadian electronic music is having a Chicago/Detroit moment.
Lizzy Mercier Descloux: Press Color (take 2) | 24 Sep 2015 // 9:05 PM
This Parisian's debut album from 1979 is a peculiar gem of the unheralded No Wave scene.
William Ryan Fritch: Leave Me Like You Found Me | 25 Jun 2014 // 9:03 PM
The second installment of Fritch's "Leave Me Sessions Subscription Series" shows a breathtaking, cinematic composer and post-folk experimenter at the top of his game.
Kim Gray - "Peroxide Blondes" (lyric video) (premiere) | 31 Jul 2017 // 4:05 AM
One of the choicest selections from the Vancouver minstrel's summery sophomore psych-pop full-length, Compulsion.
Colin Cowan & the Elastic Stars – "Owing, Knowing All" (video) | 1 Jun 2015 // 4:58 AM
The latest in a series of videos made by Matt Krysko for the third installment in Colin Cowan's seasonal album tetralogy castes the man in green and purple.