His win of Best New Artist at the 2011 MTV VMAs was the first time some of us had ever heard of Tyler the Creator, head of the Los Angeles-based hip-hop collective Odd Future Wolf Gang Kill Them All. But it appears that everybody is listening now.
The provocative video for Tyler's "Yonkers"--from his sophomore album, Goblin (XL Recordings)--has nearly 25 million views logged. Adult Swim, the channel that will begin airing a live-action series with Odd Future, must hope that viewership carries over.
According to adultswim.com, the new series will be called Loiter Squad and will be a 15-minute sketch show of pranks, music and man-on-the-street segments featuring the OFWGKTA crew of rappers, skateboarders and graffiti artists. Sound a little Jackass-y? That's not surprising since Loiter Squad will be produced by Dickhouse Entertainment, which is run by head jackass Johnny Knoxville, writer/director/producer Spike Jonze (Where the Wild Things Are) and director/producer Jeff Tremaine (Jackass, Rob and Big). Look for Loiter Squad to air in 2012.
In news closer to home, local filmmaker Michael Gough (Autumn Angel) is preparing to screen his latest, a documentary about Idaho-born heavy-rock band Dying Famous. The film of the same name follows the band and its kilt-wearing frontman on the band's first tour that will take them to the stage at the Whisky a Go-Go in West Hollywood.
For the premiere of Dying Famous at the Egyptian Theatre on Saturday, Oct. 15, Gough hopes to have the support of other local independent filmmakers, musicians and artists--and promises to support them in return. He is offering a sponsor program. For purchasing blocks of 10 tickets, bands will have a 15-second ad included in a looped reel, as well as have one their songs played over the theater's PA system prior to the film screening. A block of 25 tickets gets a band's music video up on the big screen. Artists get an ad on the looped reel for 10 tickets and for 15 tickets, they get two ads and the opportunity to set up a booth in the Egyptian lobby and sell their wares. Find out more about the sponsorship program, as well more about Dying Famous at dyingfamous.net.