Let's jump into an extreme scenario here, just for the hell of it.
If I was held at gunpoint, forced to choose my favorite anime OST of all time, there's very little doubt in my mind that I would opt to holler out "Samurai Champloo!" before a bullet was lodged into my head. Answering this question under normal circumstances would be a difficult task, as I, like most of you, have a lengthy list of anime scores that compete for my all-time-best on a daily basis.
Yet, when I think about the OST that truly made the show--that is, if the soundtrack failed to come together just short of flawlessness, the whole project would likely collapse, I automatically think of the epic, expansively layered, multi-artist four album masterpiece that is the Samurai Champloo soundtrack. One of the most prolific contributors to that set is Nujabes, who had a marvelous career in his own right. Sadly, last year at the age of 36, Nujabes was killed in a car accident that shook anyone who was even slightly familiar with him and/or his work to their core.
Now, roughly 10 months after that troublesome news broke, a far less tragic bit of information has come about. Next month, a slew of Nujabes' hip-hop brethren will unite in a one-time only show entitled Peaceland: A World Without Words (which gets its name by combining this and this) taking place within the Washington D.C., Maryland and North Virginia area to honor their fallen comrade. The event is being held in conjunction by Pop Show Japan, Substantial and The General Store, Inc. Take a look at the gig poster to check out the headlining artists.
I won't be able to make the concert due to workload and living on the opposite side of the country, but what about you guys? (If any of you do go, make sure to take videos/pics and cblog them up.)
[Peaceland: A World Without Words takes place on Thursday, Feburary 17th at 8pm at Bobby McKeys located on 172 Fleet Street, National Harbor, MD 20745. Tickets are available now at popshowjapan.com for $15. They will be $20 at the door. This event is for ages 18 and up and takes place on Nujabes' birthday.]
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