No Absolutes In Human Suffering was one of my favorite records of last year (and very little of that had to do with the vocals or lyrics) so, knowing that this band is pushing on sans one member makes the dissolution of Gaza much easier to swallow.
As early as 3am on Sunday, Childish Gambino fans waited outside Rough Trade NYC to be the very first to buy his new album, because the internet. Those who got in earliest were invited to see him perform that evening in a secret, somewhat random, loft in Manhattan.
100+ dedicated Tumblr’ers traversed two boroughs, huddled outside in the snow and huffed up six flights of stairs to what culminated in a super intimate, memorable show. In a representation of the mansion setting where he recorded the album, with projections that brought his art to life and backed by a full band, Childish Gambino presented his new music to his most passionate fans as it was meant to be discovered, IRL.
Somehow, they had already learned all the words.
Big thanks to Childish Gambino for hosting, providing the music and signing a million autographs in his room, Brian Roettinger for creating the art, Glassnote Music, Rough Trade and the incredibly chill dude who welcomed us into his home.
Artist Matsuda Yuusuke turned the likes of Hellraiser, Hellboy, Alien, Robocop, Predator, and Terminator, into some really cute manga characters. Funny how badass these dudes and franchises all are and how rather cute Yuusuke turned them. Comic pages from the artist can be found here and here on the Predator manga, though the dialogue is written in Japanese.