My New Radio Show: The Expedition

September 16, 2015 at 2:09 pm
The Expedition on Dash Radio I am producing and hosting a brand new radio show on the Dash Radio Network.  "The Expedition - A Journey Into Sound with Frank Foreal" is all about uncovering music,new and old, from all over the world. New bands, producers, DJ's, as well as vintage finds. I'm very excited to be producing this show alongside fellow music junkies, Derrick Ah Sam and Michelle Choug, who I've spent many hours (and years) with talking about music that we love.  The Expedition airs every Friday at 5pm PT /8pm ET, with a re-broadcast every Saturday at 7pm PT / 10pm ET. You can listen to our recent archives via our new Mixcloud page, and make plans to tune in this week.  We could also use your support via all social media networks: find us on Facebook/Instagram/Twitter @EXPEDITIONRADIO.  If you enjoy what you hear, please like and share! That being said, this is a bittersweet moment, as I will be stepping away from my duties on Soundwaves Radio, a great program that I have had the honor to work on the past 20 months. Without Sean Osborn's generosity, bringing me on the airwaves with him, Val The Vandle, and Francesca Harding, I could not have earned the confidence and experience to lead me to this point. I am so grateful to you all!

Kamasi Washington Performs The Epic Live in L.A.

June 16, 2015 at 4:07 pm
kamasi This is a must watch!  Kamasi Washington has released the Jazz Record of the Year in many people's opinions, and this live performance will show you why.  Featuring a heavy lineup of Los Angeles musicians, "The Epic" is such a fitting name to this man's album.
Watch NPR's "Jazz Night in America" concert documentary about Washington's album.
Source: Kamasi Washington Performs The Epic Live in L.A.

Space Captain – ‘Easier’ (Official Video) – YouTube

June 10, 2015 at 10:22 am
sc Been really enjoying the soul jazz artists coming out lately.  After really diving into the Joomanji catalog, I heard about this new band, Space Captain, from Brooklyn NY.
Melding elements of hip hop, soul and psychedelic rock, the Brooklyn-based group are set to release their first double A-side “Easier”/ “Remedy”, with Tru Thoughts on July 24th, ahead of a debut EP later this year.

Gene Dudley Group explodes with cover of Todd Terje’s “Inspector Norse”

June 4, 2015 at 11:38 am
This is going to be such a huge record this Summer (and hopefully beyond).  27-year-old multi-instrumentalist Gene Dudley has been making some noise over the last few years, with releases on the Wah Wah 45's label.  This one might be his best yet, with a nice A-side featuring Eric Boss of Myron & E.  The B-side kills with a heavy funk rendition of the Todd Terje dance classic, "Inspector Norse."  I dropped this on Soundwaves a few weeks back, and am looking forward to playing this out as much as I can.  Hopefully Gene comes to the U.S. for a tour!

Interview w/ Roger Bong of Aloha Got Soul

May 26, 2015 at 1:00 pm
Processed with VSCOcam with hb1 preset Last week, we aired a conversation I had with Roger Bong, a DJ who took his passion for Hawaiian records and turned it into a great blog, Aloha Got Soul, which lead to him starting his own re-issue label under the same name. Gearing up for their second release on June 22nd, Roger talked about his blog, establishing relationships with local musicians, and why he felt a re-press of his first release was good for everyone. Full tracklist available at Soundwavesradio.com

FREE DOWNLOAD: “Let’s Go Get ‘Em” New Orleans Brass & Funk Mix

June 11, 2014 at 10:20 am
letsgogetem-withurl I am fortunate to have worked on this mix with my friend and colleague, Derrick Ah Sam.  In February 2013, Derrick reached out to me about executing a mix he had been thinking about for a while.  After countless hours, nights after work, and weekends of getting together for a few hours a day, we released the final product in April 2014, just in time for Jazz Fest in New Orleans.  The response has been amazing and this is only the beginning. Download at: www.neworleansbrassmix.com This is a sampling of some of the sounds of the city that has truly moved my spirit since my first visit to New Orleans for the 2005 Jazz Fest. Here, we've reinterpreted and presented this music in a way that is new and fresh (thanks to a very technically challenging and amazing mix by my good friend and DJ, Frank Foreal), yet still pays proper respect to the culture and the folks that create this music. This is truly a project of passion for me. As a matter of fact, I have so much love for New Orleans, it can be challenging to find a way to accurately translate and explain my feelings for this place... Thus, I found the best way to express my affection is through music and this project, "Let's Go Get 'Em", is my personal love letter to the city of New Orleans. Happy listening! Sincerely, Derrick Ah Sam   If you like what you hear, we kindly ask that you make a small donation to The Roots of Music foundation in New Orleans. therootsofmusic.org/donate OR Text ROOTS to 88588 to donate any amount! Co-Founded by Derrick Tabb, snare drummer for the Rebirth Brass Band, The Roots of Music fills a void in music education programs in New Orleans schools. The Roots of Music empowers New Orleans youth aged 9-14 through music history and theory as well as instrumental instruction and ensemble performance preparation. They also provide educational & academic support, and mentorship while preserving and promoting the unique musical and cultural heritage of the city. Marching bands were once an integral part of New Orleans middle schools, but many schools discontinued their music programs for this age group after Katrina. Today, The Roots of Music serves over 100 students, making up a full marching band that has successfully paraded the city since Mardi Gras 2009. By donating to this organization, you can help empower the next generation of musicians who will continue to carry on the cultural legacy of the music we've presented here. Credits released 28 April 2014 Produced & Arranged by Derrick Ah Sam Co-Produced by Frank Foreal All Mixing, Cuts & Scratches by Frank Foreal Engineered & Mastered by Garfield Adams at Stemulated Studios, Pasadena, CA Cover Photo by C R Photography Album Artwork by LeeJames Derrick Ah Sam www.facebook.com/derrickahsam idea.podomatic.com Instagram: idea24 Frank Foreal www.cornerstoreradio.com Garfield Adams garfieldadams.bandcamp.com info@garfieldadams.com C R Photography www.nawlinsimages.com LeeJames www.leejamesdezignthrusound.com

Soundwaves Radio: Interview with Oliver Wang of Soul-Sides.com

February 27, 2014 at 10:57 am
dg-odub had a great conversation with Oliver Wang on Soundwaves Radio about the upcoming 10 year anniversary of his blog, Soul-Sides.com, his love for covers, and more. He also played a few songs for us! His crates are deep, so it was an honor to have him bless the airwaves with some of his favorite tracks. Charles May & Annette May Thomas - Keep My Baby Warm West Coast Revival - Feelin' Alright Pete Rodriguez - Pete's Boogaloo Dizzy Gillespie - Matrix Labi Siffre - A Little More Line    

Soundwaves Radio: Interview with DJ Platurn

February 2, 2014 at 3:42 pm
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photo by Kris Perry
I had a great conversation with Oakland's DJ Platurn a few weeks back, after he made a visit to LA for Boombox's Native Tongue Appreciation night.  I scooped up his new mix CD, "So This is De La Heaven, PT2," which is an amazing De La Soul tribute, and we talked in depth about this project (which took him over a year to make).  Listen and enjoy!

Joining a weekly radio show: Soundwaves Radio

February 2, 2014 at 3:20 pm
soundwaves-logo Happy New Year everyone!  I hope you had a great holiday, filled with friends, family, and good music.  2014 is off to a great start.  Just before Christmas, I was sitting at Aloha Kitchen, one of my favorite breakfast spots in Little Tokyo DTLA, with my wife.  We had been going back and forth  the past week or so about what my plans are for radio, how I'm going to make my dreams happen, and why I'm not there yet.  During breakfast we were having a similar conversation, when I received a phone call from SeanO, whose radio show on KPFK I had recently dropped a guest DJ set on.  Normally I would never interrupt a meal with my wife, but something made me pick up that phone.  I'm glad I did, because Sean was calling to invite me to join the team for his weekly show, Soundwaves Radio.  You can now hear me on LA airwaves late every Friday night, from 2-4am, on 90.7FM KPFK.  Truly the law of attraction in full effect right there, y'all, and I can't thank my wife enough for helping me put that energy out there, and to SeanO for making that phone call.  I'm grateful for this opportunity, and invite you to take this journey with me.  Head to Facebook and LIKE our page to stay in the know about upcoming guests and DJ's, and past show archives. Late Friday/Early Saturdays Soundwaves Radio @ KPFK 90.7FM -2am-4am -Los Angeles airwaves on 90.7FM, worldwide on kpfk.org, and through smartphones via the Pacifica Radio app. -Hip Hop, Funk, World Music, Soul, Jazz, and Electronic goodness, brought to you by SeanO, Frank Foreal, DJ Gro Weyez, DJ Panamami, and Val The Vandal plus guest dj sets and interviews from the world's finest music curators.  

Frank Foreal – Live on Soundwaves Radio – Jan 25, 2014

January 29, 2014 at 1:05 pm
SW_Alternate No tracklisting, but funky never-the-less.  Enjoy!
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