If you prefer the Arcade Fire and TV on the Radio

If you prefer the Roy Owens Jr., you're probably Chris Ott.

Hoax or no, Ott's article, despite its troubling and perhaps unintended insinuation that rock is some sort of musical paradise we've been cast out from and must strive to return to, is compelling. What does the Moistworks readership think? Are critics and bloggers in fact pretending to like willfully obscure music while shunning the RAWK? Is this one of those ideas that's become trite because it's been so often repeated, but remains unresolved? Is it perfectly natural that a half-century of rock should prompt music lovers to not only seek out postmodern sounds, but to effect a backlash against rock, with all its modern implications of cultural hegemony and effete nostalgia? And are bands like Arcade Fire and TV on the Radio really estranged enough from rock's tenets to be cited as its foils? Are Ott's ideas the standard heteronormative hogwash aiming for some culturally biased baseline of musical purity, or is he onto something?

I feel bad for posting two well-known songs just to palpate a point, so here's a tasty little cover of Arcade Fire's "Crown of Love" by the Ivy League to sweeten the pot.