Going back and watching some more of those Shallow Rewards videos. A lot of interesting history in there, but I really hate his overwhelmingly rockist point of view. Watching the one about Ministry (amongst other things) now, where he is “willing to forgive” Al Jourgensen for the early synthpop sound of the band because the later stuff rocked so hard.
On the other hand, kind of blowing my mind to learn that I must’ve seen both The Jesus & Mary Chain and Lush live in ‘92 because I went to that year’s Lollapalooza (which I attended primarily to see hard-rockin’ Ministry). Totally don’t remember any other acts on the bill. That show was wasted on my youth.
Overall, still finding the Shallow Rewards videos worth the time. They kind of remind me of when I used to subscribe to The Economist: I didn’t agree with the point of view, but I was always cognizant of how the information was being framed. It is often easier to see things clearly when you view them through a perspective not your own.