John In Ballard
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Nov 30 John In Ballard commented on Bands I Pretended to Like for Boys. Part One: Wilco.
@9 I'm pretty sure they haven't had a full time music editor since summer of 2015
Nov 30 John In Ballard commented on Bands I Pretended to Like for Boys. Part One: Wilco.
Kathleen don't listen to these haters, I thought the article was pretty funny and interesting. I hope this becomes a regular article.

I could never get that into Wilco, aside from a few songs. I think I tried after the hype had gotten way out of hand and they just couldn't live up to the hype. Or maybe it's just not my thing.
Nov 30 John In Ballard commented on Seattle Police Steadily Increasing Diversity of Force With New Hires.
Ansel, The Stranger is going to miss your reporting. I'm guessing SPD might be a little relieved to know you won't be holding them accountable for all their actions anymore (at least not with the Stranger). Good luck to you in the future.
Oct 26 John In Ballard commented on Rich Guy Insistent on Bringing Back the Sonics Finds a Way to Do It Without Public Money.
@6 "The economic landscape hasn't changed,"

Maybe not in the building and construction world, but in the NBA world it sure has. The new TV deal the league signed is bringing in tons of money. The value of even the worst NBA teams has gone up so much in just the past few years that it only makes sense that the ownership group try to jump in as soon as they can.
Oct 21 John In Ballard commented on Stop Grabbing Things! This Women's Empowerment Campaign Is Well-Intentioned But Misses the Mark.
I read the phrase "Grab them by the Brain" as a form of engaging with women intellectually. It's a way of saying instead of assaulting women physically, try talking to them instead. Did I interpret this all wrong?
Sep 13 John In Ballard commented on Trump Supporters Threaten Muslim Woman Living in Lacey.
Not so subtle way for these asshole to end their call; with a "Call U Next Tuesday".
Dec 18, 2015 John In Ballard commented on The Top 10 Albums, Songs, and Everything Else from the Year in Music 2015.
Remember when the Stranger used to have a music editor and would regularly post about music on Slog? Ah, those were the days. It's interesting to me that one of the two female music editors that the stranger ran off this year actually wrote the pitchfork review for your number one album of the year, and yet they still weren't good enough to write about music for the Stranger?

Also not surprised to see Telekinesis make the top ten, considering Sean Nelson wrote the liner notes for that album. I guess it would be a surprise if it DIDN'T show up on this list.
Aug 25, 2015 John In Ballard commented on That Washington State Law I May Have Broken Might Be Unconstitutional.
This is not a "selfie", it's a photograph. Unless of course the ballot somehow took a picture of itself.
Apr 9, 2015 John In Ballard commented on Senate Republicans Cut KEXP's New Home from Budget, Democrat Adds It Back in at Only Half the Money Needed.
To add to what bluelaser already mentioned which is all very true, KEXP also relies heavily on volunteers who donate a TON of time and services in a variety of ways to the station. Year round too, not just answering phones during the pledge drives. I'm skeptical that they could find that much volunteer support if they were located somewhere like Yakima.

The major reason for having the station at the Seattle Center; for 1 it's much larger than where they are now. Like 3-4 times larger probably. Secondly, they want to open the station up to the community and make the hundreds of in-studio performances they host every year open to the public at no cost. Maybe some people would still show up to these performances if they were located in Kent or Edmonds, but probably not many. It's about providing a benefit to the community.
Mar 3, 2015 John In Ballard commented on The Worst Thing About The Last Man on Earth Is That I Can't Watch All of It Immediately, Right Now.
Loved the first two episodes. Wasn't sure at the beginning how long this premise could last, but now I can see it could have legs and am optimistic about where it will go.

Regarding your desire for another MacGruber film, according to this recent article, it is tentatively in the works:…

"That’s right, true believers: An outline is in the works, the cast is down to return, and Forte and Taccone are clearly giddy about expanding the MacGruber universe. It’s just a matter of when Forte has time to work on a script. Right now, he’s hoping The Last Man on Earth gets renewed for a second season, after which he’ll tackle MacGruber 2. But if Last Man gets only one season, and somebody decides to finance these maniacs, we could be seeing MacGruber thrusting vigorously into Vicki St. Elmo a little sooner."