Best Of 2012, Guest Editors: Turing Machine’s Scott DeSimon On New Build

As 2012 comes to an end, we are taking a look back at some of our favorite posts of the year by our guest editors.

The complex math rock/angular indie/krautrock mix as embarked upon by New York’s Turing Machine since 1998 came to an abruptly tragic end in November 2009. On the eighth of that month, 34-year-old drummer Gerhardt “Jerry” Fuchs was killed in a freak elevator-shaft accident in a building where he was attending a fundraiser. Understandably, surviving members Justin Chearno (guitar) and Scott DeSimon (bass) put the band to rest after losing an integral piece of their musical puzzle and close friend. So, it was to everyone’s surprise when, earlier this year, Turing Machine announced its return with a new album, What Is The Meaning Of What (Temporary Residence Ltd.). Chearno and DeSimon will also be guest editing all week. Read our brand new feature on them.

DeSimon: Al Doyle is one of the most talented musicians we’ve ever met. Hands down. Also one of the smartest. (The man can talk U.S. politics and the ins and outs of “false equivalency” like few Brits.) Oh, and he plays steel drums. Which, you’d expect to hate, but then he does it and you’re all, “Wow, those steel drums totally work. Who knew?” After years as part of other projects—Hot Chip, LCD Soundsystem—Al finally has his own band, New Build. Their first record, Yesterday Was Lived And Lost, is out now. We’ve been streaming it at work, and it’s great. Kind of a Before And After Science-era Eno vibe, with bits of new wave and dance references thrown in. They played NYC last month, and sadly, Al kept his shirt on, but the shows were fantastic.

Video after the jump.