The Late Movies: Ohio State University's Rad Marching Band

This past weekend we were treated to a masterful football field tribute to video games by Ohio State University's Marching Band (aka TBDBITL, or The Best Damn Band In The Land). But this is by no means the first amazing thing the band has done. Let's look back at some supremely awesome halftime performances by TBDBITL, and you may vent your sports-related frustration in the comments.

Note: if you have a half hour to kill, Wikipedia's page about the OSUMB is epic.

"To Boldly Go"

The band performs a space-flight (both real and sci-fi) tribute, including Star Trek references as well as an on-field appearance by John Glenn (!).

"Beach Boys Tribute"

Celebrating 50 years of The Beach Boys, the band performs a medley along with fancy footwork and on-field formations (starting with a lovely car). The camera is a little iffy at the beginning of this one. Stick around for the surfer at 4:20.

"Script Ohio"

The signature formation of this band is called Script Ohio, and it's exactly what it sounds like -- the band forms the word Ohio in script on the field. Here's their performance of that maneuver on October 29, 2011 (it was first performed roughly 75 years earlier, on October 24, 1936).

Entering Ohio Stadium

Not all the action happens on the field. Here's a video showing the band's grand entrance. Somehow this reminds me of the medal scene in Star Wars.

For an inside view of what the band looks like as it streams in, check out this video from another performance. I love the tuba deployment flips around a minute in.

Sousaphone vs. Camera

In this clip, a cameraman gets too close to a high-stepping sousaphone player in the middle of his act. As a YouTube commenter said: "Rule #1 of marching...if someone is? in your way...hit them."

Tribute to Funk

Honestly, I think this is only moderately funky. Their rendition of "Give Up the Funk (Tear the Roof off the Sucker)" is a little brassy for my taste, but I guess you work with what you've got.

Band History

This promo video explains the culture and history surrounding the band. Wow.

Post Your Favorites

I'm sure we've got some Ohio alums in the audience. What's the best thing you've seen this band do?

Everything You Need to Know About Record Store Day

The unlikely resurgence of vinyl as an alternative to digital music formats is made up of more than just a small subculture of purists. Today, more than 1400 independent record stores deal in both vintage and current releases. Those store owners and community supporters created Record Store Day in 2007 as a way of celebrating the grassroots movement that’s allowed a once-dying medium to thrive.

To commemorate this year’s Record Store Day on Saturday, April 21, a number of stores (a searchable list can be found here) will be offering promotional items, live music, signings, and more. While events vary widely by store, a number of artists will be issuing exclusive LPs that will be distributed around the country.

For Grateful Dead fans, a live recording of a February 27, 1969 show at Fillmore West in San Francisco will be released and limited to 6700 copies; Arcade Fire’s 2003 EP album will see a vinyl release for the first time, limited to 3000 copies; "Roxanne," the Police single celebrating its 40th anniversary this year, will see a 7-inch single release with the original jacket art.

The day also promises to be a big one for David Bowie fans. A special white vinyl version of 1977’s Bowie Now will be on shelves, along with Welcome to the Blackout (Live London ’78), a previously-unreleased, three-record set. Jimmy Page, Frank Zappa, Neil Young, and dozens of other artists will also be contributing releases.

No store is likely to carry everything you might want, so before making the stop, it might be best to call ahead and then plan on getting there early. If you’re one of the unlucky vinyl supporters without a brick and mortar store nearby, you can check out, which will be selling the special releases online.

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Jim Henson's Labyrinth Is Being Adapted Into a Stage Musical
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More than 30 years after its cinematic debut, Labyrinth could be hitting the stage. In an interview with Forbes, Jim Henson's son and Henson Company CEO Brian Henson shared plans to transform the cult classic into a live musical.

While the new musical would be missing David Bowie in his starring role as Jareth the Goblin King, it would hopefully feature the soundtrack Bowie helped write. Brian Henson says there isn't a set timeline for the project yet, but the stage adaptation of the original film is already in the works.

As for a location, Henson told Forbes he envisions it running, "Not necessarily [on] Broadway, it could be for London's West End, but it will be a stage show, a big theatrical version. It’s very exciting."

Labyrinth premiered in 1986 to measly box office earnings and tepid reviews, but Jim Henson's fairytale has since grown into a phenomenon beloved by nostalgic '80s kids and younger generations alike. In the same Forbes interview, Brian Henson also confirmed the 2017 news that a long-anticipated Labyrinth sequel is apparently in development. Though he couldn't give any specifics, Henson confirmed that, "we are still excited about it but the process moves very slowly and very carefully. We're still excited about the idea of a sequel, we are working on something, but nothing that's close enough to say it's about to be in pre-production or anything like that."

While fans eagerly await those projects to come out, they can get their fix when the film returns to theaters across the U.S. on April 29, May 1, and May 2. Don't forget to wear your best Labyrinth swag to the event.

[h/t Forbes]


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