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By Randall Roberts
Adrian Younge has carved out an enviable niche in the underground music community. A producer, composer, Linear Labs studio head and co-owner, with his wife Sherry Younge, of the combination hair salon and record store Artform Studio in Highland Park, the artist is best known of late for work on the stellar score to the Netflix/Marvel series “Luke Cage.”
Over the years the versatile Younge has collaborated with artists including Jay-Z, Ghostface Killah, Kendrick Lamar, Bilal, Schoolboy Q and Snoop Dog. Perhaps more impressive, he also knows how to rock a Christmas song, which The Times is premiering.
The song, called “The Saddest Christmas Tree,” is taken from the forthcoming collection “Christmas Soul.” Produced exclusively for Amazon Music — they’re calling the compilation “an Amazon Original playlist” -- the release features new and reworked holiday-themed music by artists including rapper-producers Blu & Exile, Los Angeles Afro-Latin funk band Jungle Fire, Chicagoan-in-L.A. rapper Open Mike Eagle, the soulful crooner Nicole Adkins and R&B experimenter Dawn Richard (who covers Prince’s “Another Lonely Christmas”).
Younge’s original song draws on the “A Charlie Brown Christmas” vibe of Vince Guaraldi’s classic score, but extends it into the realm of the mystical through the voices of Brooke deRosa and Rebecca Engelhardt, a.k.a. Voices of Gemma.
“We sought to create a song that took us back to our childhood, those special times where nothing was more important than Christmas,” Younge said in an email.
“The bells of Christmas are calling us to save the saddest Christmas tree,” the voices sing in harmony, as if angels were orbiting the dying tree. Bells mix with a down-tempo rhythm; strings add majesty.
The entirety of “Christmas Soul” will be available exclusively for streaming on Amazon Music starting November 24
Join us on Wednesday, November 15th for a discussion and book signing with Ruben Molina and DJ sets by Soulera5150, Josh Whitmore, and Marciano as we celebrate "Chicano Soul"!
In 2007, Ruben Molina published the first-ever history of Mexican-American soul and R&B music in his book, Chicano Soul: Recordings and History of an American Culture. Ten years later, Chicano Soul remains an important and oft-referenced study of this vital but often overlooked chapter of the greater American musical experience. Chicano soul music of the 1950s and 1960s still reverberates today, both within Chicano communities and throughout many musical genres. Molina tells the story of the roots of Chicano soul, its evolution, and its enduring cultural influence.
"Brown-eyed soul" music draws on 1950s era jazz, blues, jump blues, rock `n' roll, Latin jazz, and traditional Mexican music such as ranchera, norteño, and conjunto music. With its rare and gorgeous photos, record scans, concert bills, and impressive discography (to say nothing of its rich oral histories/interviews), it is one of those rare works that speaks to both general and academic audiences.
As a teen in the 1960s, Ruben Molina used to take a bus to Hollywood to shop for records, and his passion for vinyl never waned. As a dedicated community historian, Molina interviewed dozens of the artists whose music he loves. Much of Chicano soul music's recent recognition and renaissance can be traced directly to Molina. He has deejayed with the Southern Soul Spinners crew since 2010.
Celebrating 4 Essential Books to the Pacific Standard Time LA LA series.
Book signings and discussions w/ Josh Kun, Bill Kelley Jr., Pilar Tompkins, Rivas, Jesse Lerner & more
An uninstructed Life Drawing Session featuring a live model styled by Sherry Younge.
Participation is $20, in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness month, a portion of all proceeds will go to the Keep-A-Breast Foundation and our own Artform Artist Kaz Shimada who is now undergoing chemotherapy.
This event will be held Saturday, October 14th from 7PM-10PM at The Artform Studio as part of the North East Los Angeles Artwalk. All skill levels are welcome. Bring your own supplies.
This event will be reoccurring every 2nd Saturday of the month for the NELA Artwalk. Each drawing session, we will present a diverse theme, look and feel for our guests to use as inspiration for their own interpretations.
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The episode is entitled "Juneteenth" and also features original music from The Roots, Peter Saji, Dave Frishberg and Aloe Blacc, who also stars in this episode. Click link to read full story.
This Sunday Sept 3rd celebrate the 25th anniversary of Umoja Hi-Fi Soundsystem DJ collective, Established in 1992, with Monalisa, DJ Daz, Tomas, Culture D, Jun, Cokni O Dire and AAron Paar!! 25 years in the game like this is an achievement we have to salute. This Event will be held at The Virgil Bar located on the edge of Silverlake in Virgil Village. 10p-2a, $5 before 11p, $10 after, 21+. 4519 Santa Monica Blvd. Come enjoy these talented individuals on the decks and celebrate 25 years of bringing people together!
Traditionally, when comic-book super-heroes are adapted for the screen, they are accompanied by big orchestras playing heroic themes. Think John Williams’ “Superman” theme or Danny Elfman’s “Spider-Man” music.
For its TV series, however, Marvel has thrown out the old rulebook. Like the Marvel Universe itself, not every hero is alike; some of them don’t even wear colorful costumes. No fewer than 13 series based on Marvel Comics are either on the air now or will be by this time next year, and their scores are as diverse as the characters themselves.
The Blu & Exile ten year anniversay show at the Regent in Los Angeles on July 27 was epic. Art Don't Sleep put on a ill show with a jam packed line up. If you missed it don't worry, listed below are the new tour dates where you can catch the Below the Heavens Anniversary Tour with two dates in Southern Cali!!
8/30 San Diego, CA. @ OBSERVATORY NORTH PARK
8/31 Orange County, CA. @ THE OBSERVATORY
9/1 Los Angeles, CA. @ THE ECHOPLEX
9/2 San Luis Obisbo, CA. @ SLO BREWERY
9/5 Santa Cruz, CA. @ THE CATALYST
9/6 San Jose, CA. @ CAFE STRITCH
9/7 San Francisco, CA. @ THE SOCIAL HALL
9/9 Chico, CA. @ LOST ON MAIN
9/11 Eugene, OR. @ WOW HALL
9/12 Portland, OR. @ MISSISSIPPI STUDIOS
9/13 Seattle, WA. @ CHOP SUEY
"The Artform's of Yesterday" inspirational artist of the week is legendary Italian singer Mina Mazzini, or simply MINA. Mina's soprano and three octave range earned her the title Queen of Screamer's as she became the first female rock and roll singer to grace the Italian television screens in 1959.
In August of 1978, Mina gave her final public appearance, but has continued to release albums on a yearly basis. Mina no longer grants interviews or appears in concert, yet her albums continue to top the Italian charts due to the high dramatic tones in her voice.
Click the link on the banner above to view Artform Artist Kheyli Tristen's work, which pulled inspiration from Mina's 1962 album "Renato" to create the classic look on model Anna Beatriz (@annabeatrizmusic). Here Kheyli's final product portrays Mina's confidence and celebratory spirit as a leader of the emancipation of women in Italy in the 1960's!
The legendary producer blessed us on Record Store Day with a DJ set at our store in Highland Park this past April and now we take the time to congratulate him on his inspired work on Jay Z's 13th album "4:44". This is the first Jay Z album to be solely produced by one artist. Already solidified as one of the great producers in music regardless of genre, this pads the resume and is a complete cohesive body of work. Click the link to read the insightful Rolling Stone article that talks about, among other things, how he did not merely make beats but nurtured and helped shape the overall artistic direction of the project. Salute to always striving to be better even when it's known you have already reached the apex of your field!
Please check out this Vogue feature on Highland Park, in particular the historic Figueroa Street that The Artform Studio resides in. Shout out to our great neighbors The Greyhound Bar & Grill, Cafe Birdie, ETA and Highland Park Bowl!!
While your friends are all bragging about their latest pickups from Amoeba, Sherry and Adrian Younge at the Artform Studio are looking to give you an entirely different experience to boast about. Rather than carrying thousands and thousands of vinyls for every single person who walks through the door, the Younges are more focused on appealing to the artists who will truly appreciate what they do — and they'll cut and style your hair while also helping you find new sounds for your record collection.
Our first Record Store Day in Highland Park was special!
We have only been reopened for two weeks, and the love has been incredible. Big thanks to everyone for bringing positive energy and spreading the love. The Artform Studio is not just a record store, or salon...It's a place for like-minded artists to congregate and share ideas. Thanks for continually inspiring us to stay passionare about this lifestyle. -Adrian Younge
Browse through our Record Store Day Gallery with photos captured through the lens of Kaiography. Follow Kai on instagram at @kaiography ! Big thank you to Kai & Paris for your continued love and support!
Big Thanks to all who came out to celebrate The Artform Studio's Record Store Day Party this past Saturday April 22. It was great sharing this day with the community!!
Thank you to everyone who came out to celebrate The Artform Studio's grand opening April 9th. We had a great time!! Click here and check out Okayplayer's full recap of the event:
The Grand Opening of Adrian Younge’s Artform Studio: A Salon, Record Store and Bookshop Curated by Creatives. -Okayplayer
Big THANK YOU to all who came out to support us at our Grand Opening Party! The Artform Studio team is overwhelmed by the continued love and support shown by the community. We owe you our deepest gratitude!
Here is a gallery of all of our special moments:
After nearly a decade in Downtown Los Angeles' Arts District, The Artform Studio, the swank salon and boutique record store, has relocated to historic Highland Park. Spanning over 1,500 square feet, the new location will open April 9th, and is located steps away from LA’s oldest bowling alley, Highland Park Bowl. Founded by husband and wife team, Adrian and Sherry Younge, their synthesis of the hair and music world makes this a destination for all creative people and families alike.
Before founding The Artform Studio, Sherry Younge served as a hair and makeup specialist for various upscale salons, throughout Los Angeles. Adrian Younge has produced for artists such as Kendrick Lamar, Jay Z, Common, Wu-Tang, and has most recently scored Marvel's Luke Cage (alongside A Tribe Called Quest's Ali Shaheed Muhammad). Their unique perspectives on hair and music has brought them great success, and serves as a refreshing reminder that beauty and melody are synonymous.
The Artform Studio's services include men's and women's haircuts, hair coloring, hair styling, perm / relaxer, make up application, and hair extensions. The record boutique features thousands of rare vinyl and books, curated by Adrian Younge’s infatuation with classic Hip Hop, jazz, rare soul, and psychedelic world music. The boutiques' bespoke approach is further curated by co-owner and concert producer/promoter Andrew Lojero (ArtDontSleep), as well as the store’s manager, Ray Montano (Virgin Records/Amoeba).
The Artform Studio is located at 5611 N. Figueroa St. Suite 2, Los Angeles, CA 90042Hours of operation are: Open 11a-7p daily
Today is the day we can make a difference. Everyone go out there and VOTE! Here's some voting inspiration for you on your way to make important decisions.... THERE IS ONLY NOW .... by The Souls of Mischief featuring Snoop Dogg, Ali Shaheed Muhammad. Composed by Adrian Younge. Hair, Make up, Wardrobe Styling by The Artform Studio team.