Alan Ranta

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Alan Ranta
Born (1981-01-01) January 1, 1981 (age 33)
Williams Lake, British Columbia, Canada
Pen name Filmore Mescalito Holmes
Occupation music critic, essayist, music journalist
Nationality Canadian
Period 2004 to present
Subject electronic music, indie rock, psychedelia, experimental, classical, hip-hop, country, classic rock

Alan Ranta (born January 01, 1981) is a Canadian music journalist and critic.[1] He is a longtime contributor to Tiny Mix Tapes, PopMatters, and Exclaim!. His work has also appeared in CBC Music, the Nerve, and ION Magazine.


In 2004, Ranta started writing for Tiny Mix Tapes[2] under the name "Filmore Mescalito Holmes", and became a staff writer shortly after that.[3] In 2007, Ranta started writing for PopMatters. He eventually became a contributing editor for the website.[4]

In May of 2009, Ranta stopped writing under "Filmore Mescalito Holmes" to use his real name.[5]

In June of 2010, Ranta was hired to write for Exclaim!, primarily contributing electronic, experimental, and concert reviews to Canada's only national music magazine.[6] In 2012, Ranta contributed to the newly launched CBC Music, focusing on their electronic stream.[7][8]

Ranta voted in the Village Voice Pazz & Jop poll from 2009 to 2012.[9][10][11][12] He was a member of the Polaris Music Prize jury from 2010 to 2013.[13][14][15]

Style and Tastes[edit]

Ranta lists the work of George Carlin, Bill Hicks, and Lester Bangs as personal inspirations.[5] His outspoken style has been known to provoke angry responses.[16][17][18]


  1. ^ Gay, Lana (2011-11-03). "Today on Lanarama: Who are you in the crowd? Plus, interviews with “The Tall Guy” and D-Sisive!". CBC Music. 
  2. ^ "About Us". Tiny Mix Tapes. 2011-06-27. 
  3. ^ "Tiny Mix Tapes - About Us". Tiny Mix Tapes. 2006-03-18. 
  4. ^ Ranta, Alan (2011-06-27). "Staff>Alan Ranta". PopMatters. PopMatters Media, Inc. 
  5. ^ a b Ranta, Alan (2009-05-04). "ABOUT FILMORE MESCALITO HOLMES". PopMatters. Retrieved 2011-06-27. 
  6. ^ "Articles by Alan Ranta". Exclaim!. 2011-06-27. 
  7. ^ Ranta, Alan (2012-02-22). "Longwalkshortdock: Hell, hair and high expectations". CBC Music. Retrieved 2012-06-17. 
  8. ^ Ranta, Alan (2012-04-03). "Andy Dixon: Processes, punk, and new forms of prosperity". CBC Music. Retrieved 2013-01-28. 
  9. ^ "New York Pazz & Jop Critics 2009". Village Voice. Retrieved 2011-06-27. 
  10. ^ "New York Pazz & Jop Critics 2010". Village Voice. Retrieved 2011-06-27. 
  11. ^ "New York Pazz & Jop Critics 2011". Village Voice. Retrieved 2012-06-17. 
  12. ^ "New York Pazz & Jop Critics 2012". Village Voice. Retrieved 2013-01-28. 
  13. ^ "Better Know Your 2010 Jury #33: Alan Ranta". Polaris Music Prize. 2010-06-12. 
  14. ^ "Jury, Polaris Music Prize". Polaris Music Prize. 2011-06-27. 
  15. ^ Ranta, Alan (2012-07-24). "Polaris juror Alan Ranta on why Cadence Weapon could take the prize". CBC Music. 
  16. ^ Grumbine, Peter (2008-10-16). "Canadian Critic Sucks". Current. 
  17. ^ Katz, Jackson (2008-06-25). "Eminem, Misogyny, and the Sounds of Silence". The Huffington Post., Inc. Retrieved 2008-06-25. 
  18. ^ Wendus, Matt (2010-03-10). "Alan Ranta gets ripped by RipFork". RipFork. 

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