Paula's Picks

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Join me every 1st & 3rd Thursday of the month at 8 pm, to celebrate music that transcends genres and spoken word artists who will capture the heart, mind, spirit and soul!

Paula the Small will pick music to groove to, accompanied by spoken words that will move and inspire you!

If you or someone you know is a spoken word artist and would like to share spoken word on the air, please get in touch!

E-mail me at: kboopaula at gmail dot com.

Feel like sharing your thoughts about Paula's Picks, the musical journey or the spoken word artists? Please leave a comment!

And don't forget, please visit the links/websites of the artists, who were kind enough to contribute to making the journey that much easier.

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Episode Archive

Paula's Picks on 12/19/13

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Thu, 12/19/2013 - 8:00pm - 10:00pm
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Spoken word & music representing the Afrikan Diaspora ... and its descendents.

Paula's Picks on 12/05/13

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Thu, 12/05/2013 - 8:00pm - 10:00pm
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Spoken word & music representing the Afrikan Diaspora ... and its descendents.

Paula's Picks on 11/21/13

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Thu, 11/21/2013 - 8:00pm - 10:00pm
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Spoken word & music representing the Afrikan Diaspora ... and its descendents.

Paula's Picks on 11/07/13

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Thu, 11/07/2013 - 8:00pm - 10:00pm
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Spoken word & music representing the Afrikan Diaspora ... and its descendents.

Paula's Picks on 10/17/13

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Thu, 10/17/2013 - 8:00pm - 10:00pm
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Spoken word & music representing the Afrikan Diaspora ... and its descendents.

Paula's Picks on 10/03/13

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Thu, 10/03/2013 - 8:00pm - 10:00pm
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Spoken word & music representing the Afrikan Diaspora ... and its descendents.

Paula's Picks on 09/19/13

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Thu, 09/19/2013 - 8:00pm - 10:00pm
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Spoken word & music representing the Afrikan Diaspora ... and its descendents.

Paula's Picks on 09/05/13

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Thu, 09/05/2013 - 8:00pm - 10:00pm
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Spoken word & music representing the Afrikan Diaspora ... and its descendents.

Paula's Picks on 08/01/13

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Thu, 08/01/2013 - 8:00pm - 10:00pm
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The Garifuna Collective In-Studio TONIGHT!

Tonight's show will be extra special, as guests The Garifuna Collective join Paula the Small LIVE to talk about their new album with Canadian musician Danny Michel, titled Blackbirds Are Dancing Over Me.

This exciting collaboration, released earlier this month, prompted a tour that brings the artists together on-stage at Mississippi Studios in our own City of Roses!

You can catch their live performance at Mississippi Studios TOMORROW night at 9 pm. For more information, click here.

Listen TONIGHT for this exclusive treat, as we listen to a few of their tracks, as well as music from around the world!

Paula's Picks on 07/18/13

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Thu, 07/18/2013 - 8:00pm - 10:00pm
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Spoken word & music representing the Afrikan Diaspora ... and its descendents.


Paula's Picks playlist for 10/20/2011

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Screamin' Jay HawkinsI Put a Spell on You (Dance Version)Black Music for White PeopleBizarre Records
Bobby "Boris" PickettMonster

Paula's Picks playlist for 10/06/2011

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Randy CrawfordStreet LifeBest of Randy CrawfordWarner Bros. Records
Sly & the Family StoneFamily AffairI'm Back! Family & FriendsCleopatra Records
India ArieWonderful
Isaac HayesOur Day Will Come... To Be ContinuedStax Records
Bob Andy & Marcia GriffithsYoung, Gifted & Black
Donna SummerOn the RadioOn the Radio
Freda PayneBand of GoldThe Best of Freda PayneEMI - Capitol Music
Bobby WomackAcross 110th StreetAcross 110th Street SoundtrackRykodisc
Curtis MayfieldMove On UpGive It UpMusic Collection International
Mavis StaplesA Piece of the ActionFunk DivasApace Music
LabelleLady MarmaladeNightbirdsEpic Records
Miriam MakebaPata Pata 2000HomelandPutamayo World Music
Baaba MaalSalimoun (Funky Kora)Firin' in FoutaMango Records
The O'JaysI Love MusicFamily ReunionCBS Records

A Fall Membership Drive special edition of "Paula's Picks" from me to YOU!

Thank you for support during the Drive & every 1st & 3rd Thursday of the month. More importantly, thank YOU for supporting KBOO 90.7 FM!


Paula's Picks playlist for 08/18/2011

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Emmett WheatfallPretty Black Girl You So FineWhen I Was YoungPeterson
Blacque ButterflyBlack Girl, Can I Comb Your Hair?
KJ DenhertMessage in a Bottledal VIVO a Umbria JazzMotéma
Jessie Márquez & Mike DennyTe ViGet the FeelingDenmarq
George Benson & Earl KlughJamaicaCollaborationWarner Bros. Records
Donna SummerOn the RadioOn the RadioPolyGram Records
Randy CrawfordGive Me the Night (Chill Night Remix)Best of Randy CrawfordWarner Bros. Records
Sam CookeHaving a PartyThe Best of Sam CookeRCA Legacy
The CommodoresNightshiftThe Best of the CommodoresMotown Records
The DoorsLove Me Two TimesGreatest HitsElektra Entertainment
Elephant RevivalPoint of YouBreak in the CloudsRuff Shod
Tree Top TribeSoul ShuffleThe Blackberry Jam
The New LimbBizarre Love Triangle/Time after TimeSounds People Can HearArtisans
Information SocietyWhat's on Your Mind (Pure Energy)
Jacob MillerTenement Yard96 Degrees In The ShadeIsland Records
AswadDon't Turn Around
Shooting SharkBlue Oyster Cult
KLF3 AM Eternal

Once again, a great way to head into the weekend with great music & spoken word!

Can YOU dig it? Ha! I know you can!

As always, please show love & support for independent music and spoken word artists!

And, as always, thank YOU for making "Paula's Picks" possible.


For more information on the 4th Annual Peace & Unity Fest, click on or better yet, head on down Saturday, August 27th from 1:30 pm to 7 pm. The event will be at the Curious Comedy Theater @ the Vanport Square - 5225 NE Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd in Portland.

Do it for the kids. Do it for YOU. Do it for the community, because it's what we DO ... on K-B-O-O!

Thank you for putting the "unity" BACK in COMMUNITY.


Please show support & love for our community outside of Portland. For over 12 years, QBliss has provided, support, love AND advocacy to our underserved/represented LGBTIQ community members.

Some of tonight's picks were inspired by the courage of QBliss & in honour of the community contribution. Get in!

Paula's Picks playlist for 06/16/2011

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Depeche ModeWaiting for the NightViolatorSire Records Company
EnigmaSadenessMCMXC a.D.Virgin Records
They Might Be GiantsWhistling in the DarkFlood
George Benson & Earl KlughBrazilian StompCollaborationWarner Bros. Records
David Ornette CherrySummer MarketplaceEnter-NetCherry Extract Music
The SteinmenautsCounting GravesLouder than a Bomb Film
Emmett WheatfallPretty Black Girl You So FineWhen I Was YoungPeterson
Linton Kwesi JohnsonForces of VicktryIndependent Intavenshan
Gil Scott-HeronLady Day and John ColtraneThe Revolution Will Not Be TelevisedBMG Music
Eastern Sunz ft. SmokeUp in FlamesCorroded
QueensrycheRevolution CallingOperation: mindcrimeEMI-Manhattan Records
Ini KamozeHere Comes the HotstepperHere Comes the HotstepperSony Music Entertainment
Ziggy Marley & The Melody MakersPeople Get ReadyFallen Is BabylonElektra Entertainment
Jazz Jamaica All StarsI Heard It through the GrapevineDouble BarrelRykodisc
Ini KamozeRapunzel
Pambera Steel OrchestraSoca DanceCafé CaribbeanUnion Square Music
Duran DuranCome UndoneOrdinary World
VybeHot Hot HotHot Caribbean HitsVictory World
Aswad ft. Cheb MamiThe Best Times of Our Lives (Dub)Roots RevivalArk21
Ken BootheEverything I OwnThe Ken Boothe Collection: Eighteen Classic SongsTrojan Records
Solomon BurkeMedley (If You Need Me, Tonight's the Night, I Almost Lost My Mind)Live at the House of BluesShout! Factory
Solomon BurkeToday Is Your Birthday
Shabba Ranks ft. Chevelle FranklinMr. LovermanBest of Dancehall ReggaePriority Records


"Louder than a Bomb" Film Screening

Living Room Theaters - 41 SW 10th Ave - Portland -

Darkside Cinema - 215 SW 4th Street - Corvallis -

All DAY, Saturday, June 18th - 7 AM - 8 PM

Gil Scott-Heron Tribute - Reflections Cafe & Bookshop - 446 NE Killingsworth (503) 288-4070 - Portland

Saturday, June 18th - 10 AM

Youth Employment Fair - Seeznin's Sports Bar & Lounge - 2218 NE 82nd Ave (by Madison H.S.) - Portland



Paula's Picks playlist for 02/17/2011

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Eastern SunzBalanceCorroded Utopia
MidniteSeek Knowledge before VengeanceSeek Knowledge before Vengeance
Nina SimoneWestwindForever Young, Gifted and BlackRCA/Legacy
Speech feat. Eshe & Rasa DonCruisin' in My Super Beetle
The Isley BrothersSummer BreezeThe Isley Brothers Story, Vol. 2: The T-Neck Years (1969-85)Sony Music Entertainment
The Soul StirrersTouch the Hem of His GarmentSpecialty Profiles Sam Cooke with the Soul StirrersSpecialty Records
The ImpressionsGypsy WomanIt's All RightUniversal Music Group
Repercussions & Curtis MayfieldLet's Do It AgainA Tribute to Curtis MayfieldWarner Bros. Records
Bob Andy & Marcia GriffithsTo Be Young, Gifted and Black
Screamin' Jay HawkinsIs You Is or Is You Ain't My BabyBlack Music for White PeopleBizarre Records
Lionel RichieDancing on the CeilingDancing on the CeilingMotown Records
Johnny KempJust Got Paid
The Staples SingersWe'll Get OverWe'll Get OverStax Records
Angie Stone Feat. James IngramMy PeopleThe Art of Love & WarStax/Concord
The JaynettsSally, Go Round the Roses
Roberta FlackThe First Time Ever I Saw Your Face
Toshi ReagonBuilding BluesHave You HeardRighteous Records
Kate BushExperiment IV
The Four TopsReach Out I'll Be ThereReach OutMotown Records
SWVRight Here (Human Nature Duet)SWV: The RemixesRCA Records
Marcia GriffithsUntil You Come Back to MeShining TimeVP Music Group
BrownstoneI Can't Tell You Why
Marcia GriffithsElectric Boogie (Dub Mix)CarouselIsland Records

Paula's Picks playlist for 01/06/2011

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MarillionDry LandHolidays in EdenEMI Records
Brad PaisleyFind YourselfCars - Original SoundtrackWalt Disney Records
Ashley MaherAminaAminaSpin Wild Records
Eastern SunzCorroded UtopiaCorroded UtopiaIndependent
MidniteSeek Knowledge before VengeanceSeek Knowledge before VengeanceIndependent
Horace AndyAin't No SunshineNice Time with the Super Stars
SuperstarzThe Ketchup SongSuperstarzReflections
David Bowie & QueenUnder PressureBowie the Singles 1969 to 1993Rykodisc
Don CherryBirdboyMultikulti

Paula's Picks playlist for 12/23/2010

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Raheem DeVaughnNobody Wins a WarThe Love & War MasterPeaceJive Records
John Coltrane & Don CherryThe InvisibleThe Avant-GardeAtlantic Recording Corporation
Youssou N'DourUndecided (Japoulo)The Guide (Wommat)Sony Music Entertainment
Linton Kwesi JohnsonReality PoemForces of VictoryMango/Island
Allen ToussaintSoul SisterThe Allen Toussaint CollectionReprise Records
Solomon BurkeProud MarySoul Alive!Rounder Records
David Ornette CherryBlack President (to Fela Kuti)Organic Journey: On the Right PathDiatic Records
Rufus ThomasFunkiest Man AliveFunkiest Man AliveStax Records
William BellA Tribute to a KingThe Very Best of William BellStax Records
James MoodyThe Pink PantherMoody Plays ManciniWarner Bros. Records
Oleta AdamsGet HereCircle of OnePhonogram
Chuck MangioneFeels So GoodFeels So GoodA & M Records
The WhispersAnd the Beat Goes OnAnthologyThe Right Stuff/Capitol Records
Joey ScarburyTheme from The Greatest American Hero (Believe It or Not)TV Land PresentsRhino Records
India ArieI Am Not My HairTestimony: vol. 1, Life & RelationshipMotown Records
Bill WithersLovely DayThe Best of Bill Withers: Lean on MeSony Music Entertainment
Ashford & SimpsonSolidThe Best of Ashford & SimpsonCapitol Records
Eastern SunzBalanceCorroded UtopiaIndependent
Max de CastroA História da Morena Nua Que Abalou as Estruturas do Esplendor do CarnavalBrasilian GroovePutamayo World Music
Miriam MakebaAfrika Is Where My Heart LiesHomelandPutamayo World Music
LevertCasanovaThe Best of LevertRhino Records
Heat Miser vs Snow MiserThe Year without a Santa Claus

Tonight is GUARANTEED to keep your toes a-tappin' & your fingers a-snappin'!

If you missed the show-stoppin' edition of "Paula's Picks", peep the "Pick List" for the tunes you can't hear anywhere, BUT on K-B-O-O!

Paula's Picks playlist for 12/09/2010

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Tonight's "Paula's Picks" is a year-end celebration full of MUSIC, as well as a short story celebrating Kwanzaa, a holiday tradition, not often acknowledged on the airwaves.

Also, featured guest will be Monsters of Accordion's Jason Webley!

With squeezeboxes strapped to their chests, the Monsters of Accordion are launching an assault on West Coast cities from Seattle to Los Angeles this December. The legendary Corn Mo, known for his work with Ben Folds, They Might Be Giants and The Bindlestiff Family Circus, fills the room with his epic voice and inimitable original songs. Pink-haired accordion pin-up goddess Renée de la Prade squeezes punk rock power into Celtic and zydeco melodies as she pounds the floorboards and pumps her low-slung button box. Just back from Serbia, The Petrojvic Blasting Company have burnt venues to the ground across Europe and North America with their fiery young take on Balkan gypsy music. They are joined by infamous accordion howler, Jason Webley, who organizes the annual tour and is known around the world for his gigantic voice, his frenzied squeezebox playing and the ability to make any room of strangers throw their arms around each other and sing their hearts out.

For more information on these independent artists, please visit the Monsters of Accordion's website:

Keep your ears tuned to the dial 90.7 FM Portland or on-line at K-B-O-O dot F-M for a chance to win a pair of tickets. The Monsters of Accordion play at the Kennedy School here in Portland, on Thursday, December 16th and YOU and a friend can win tickets!

Listen up!

Paula's Picks playlist for 12/02/2010

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Marlon McClainCome OnTBD
SuperstarzThe Ketchup SongSuperstarzReflections
The ChordsSh-BoomCars - Original SoundtrackWalt Disney Records
Concrete BlondeJoeyBloodlettingInternational Record Syndicate
EnyaCaribbean BlueShepherd MoonsWarner Music UK
Aaron NevilleTell It Like It IsThe Classic Aaron NevilleRounder Records
Elephant RevivalFeathers RiseBreak in the CloudsRuff Shod Records
JJ FadSupersonicTommy Boy Presents: Hip Hop Essentials 1979-1991 Vol. OneTommy Boy Entertainment
THE ROOTS (ft Erykah Badu)You Got MeThe Roots: Clean AlbumMCA Records
Michel Martelly with Haïti TwoubadouPa Manyen Fanm NanFrench CaribbeanPutamayo World Music
Jazz Jamaican All-StarsI Heard It through the GrapevineJazz Jamaica: Double BarrelRykodisc
Elephant RevivalWhat Is Time?Break in the CloudsRuff Shod Records
Cesaria EvoraCarnaval de São VicenteCafé AtlanticoLusafrica
The Neville BrothersLet My People Go/Get Up Stand UpLive on Planet EarthA & M Records
ShihanAuction NetworkThe PoetGroove Gravy Records
Shihan ft Gina LoringFollow MeThe PoetGroove Gravy Records
Elephant RevivalDropBreak in the CloudsRuff Shod Records
EnigmaThe Cross of ChangesThe Cross of ChangesCharisma Records America
The Neville BrothersLove the One You're With/You Can't Always Get What You WantLive on Planet EarthA & M Records
Steps5, 6, 7, 8

Tonight's show had music, music and more music, but also featured Shihan the Poet.

Shihan is best known for makin' folks think with his words. Sometimes, he puts his words to music & he collaborated with the diva on the rise, Gina Loring. The result? Magic.

Also, we learned about Oregon's Long-Term Care Ombudsman program from Gretchen Jordan, Volunteer Coordinator and LTCO volunteer, Tom Comfort. They shared information about the amazing work done by only 6 staff and 140 volunteers for the ENTIRE state of Oregon.

For more information on Oregon's Long-Term Care Ombudsman program, please visit:


As always, thank you for listening! Thank you for sharing your evening with me and don't forget ... tune in every 1st and 3rd Thursday of the month at 8 pm, on YOUR community radio station ... K-B-O-O!

Paula's Picks playlist for 10/21/2010

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Marlon McClainCome OnTBD
David Ornette CherryThe Hillsboro Story Soundtrack
Hunter RobinsonHunter Robinson EP
Eastern SunzBalanceCorroded
Nathan BrownA Birthday SongGypsy
Eastern SunzGo Up In FlamesCorroded Utopia
Nathan BrownGypsy Moon (Driftin' Away Reprise)Gypsy Moon

A wonderful, fun-filled night of spooky storytelling sneak peeks, a reading of a touching for children-of-all ages story and slam poetry!


Details on the FUNdraiser, Terrifying Tales of Terror, for Portland Story Theater & Nest Share:

Portland Story Theater also hosts personal narrative workshops.


Check out Will Redwood's children's story - A Bird Song and his artwork


Portland Poetry Slam - learn more about the team and how YOU can participate!

Thanks to poets Eirean Bradley, Chris Lesa and DLux tha Light for bringin' slam to our airwaves. They also filled us in about the Portland Poetry Slam event, A Room Full of Speakers, at Backspace on Sat/Sun - Oct. 23rd & 24th.


Support the local/independent vocalists and musicians who shared their music with us!

Marlon McClain

David Ornette Cherry -

Eastern Sunz -

Nathan Brown -



Hi Paula, Tom and Ardyth here

Hi Paula,

Tom and Ardyth here from Vancouver, WA. We spoke to you over the weekend when we dropped into donate. Great show tonight and I really enjoyed hearing your choices, great job!

Have a great week......... 


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