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I write, create visual art and music.

As DJ Robert Jaz and also as Robert Jaz, DJ From The Black Lagoon I spin music.

I write a column called THE ROBERT JAZ MYSTERY BOX which can be viewed here on the very site you are visiting: www.RobertJaz.com

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Former employee with the East German Embassy in Athens – 
Number Station Division.

Ministre de Psychedelia and  Sublime Frequencies Number Station Operative. 

Yes, I was a Cosmonaut.

Working on a new series of paintings to be unveiled soon…

Operated The Mystery Box Film Festival at AS220 early to mid ’90s / Founded Terrastock Music Festival which 1st took place in Providence 1996, made possible along with the record label Flydaddy and Medicine Ball band member Mark Stone / Founding member Providence Filmmaker’s Group early ’90s. / Projectionist for The Tiki Wonder Hour and guitarist with the 14 piece “Combustible Edison Heliotropic Oriental Mambo and Foxtrot Orchestra”/ Projectionist for various band performances including Six Finger Satellite and Christmas / Member of Camera Ready in late ’80s / member of the trio, Carrot Bread / Founding member, writer, Art director, and cover designer for The NicePaper early – mid ’90s / Art Director for The NewPaper then The Providence Phoenix / member of The Robert Jazz Quartet which morphed into the band V. Majestic 1993 = presently on hiatus. 

Creature Double Feature Horror Convention 2011: I did the Sound Design and was spinning music as Robert Jaz, DJ From The Black Lagoon.

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Histoire De MELODY’S ECHO CHAMBER

This piece was originally published September 23rd, 2013.

Melody's Echo Chamber IconApproximately one year ago, The Mystery Box Mobile Touring Cavalcade was in Boston at the Paradise Rock Club to once again see our favorite Danish duo, The Raveonettes.

Opening act for the guaranteed great time that is The Raveonettes, which features the incredible talents of Sune Rose Wagner and his partner Sharin Foo, was a band listed with the equally cool and intriguing moniker, Melody’s Echo Chamber.

We had no idea who they were or what they would sound like.

 

A poster from The Raveonettes / Melody’s Echo Chamber Tour

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THE ROLLING STONES: SOME GIRLS Live in Texas ’78

This piece was originally published April 8th, 2013.

Some Girls still stCharlie Watts Some Girls Icon Templateands today as one of The Rolling Stones last incredible album masterpieces.

While they certainly made some outstanding albums afterwards—Tattoo You and Undercover are both high points—there were none that would be so perfectly complete as Some Girls.

Released in 1978 and quickly becoming a #1 album, it is hailed as an across the board classic, and one of their all time best selling studio albums.

Recorded in ’77 & early ’78, the writing and sessions were done amidst a time of even more internal turmoil than usual for The Stones, with Keith Richards’ looming Toronto drug bust a concern as to whether he could be imprisoned for years, and the challenge of responding to punk rock’s ground zero takedown of the dinosaurs of many of rock and roll’s giants.

 

The original cover art (there was also another color variant cover) to the 
Some Girls album, spoofing a wig ad is brilliant. The cover was quickly changed 
when copyright issues came up regarding the various female celebrities depicted.

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BEWARE OF MR. BAKER: GINGER BAKER VS. HIMSELF

This piece was originally published February 11th, 2013.

Even when I thought I knew just about everything creative, compulsive and crazed when it came to tales of the man and his music, I saw this film and realized my knowledge was only a small part of a wilder story.

  Beware of Mr. Baker is a documentary on the life of the legendary British rock drummer with a mane of flame and the eyes of a madman, Ginger Baker.

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LED ZEPPELIN: CELEBRATING THEIR LAST HURRAH!

This piece was originally published December 17th, 2012.

Led Zeppelin Post Icon
Ah, Ah,
We come from the land of the ice and snow,
From the midnight sun where the hot springs flow,
The hammer of the gods will drive our ships to new lands,
To fight the horde, singing and crying: Valhalla I am coming!
On we sweep with thrashing oar, our only goal will be the western shore.
© 1970 Led Zeppelin

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The above is the lyrics to Led Zeppelin’s “Immigrant Song” from their third album, 1970’s Led Zeppelin III.

It was written by Robert Plant after being inspired by a concert the band played at a college in Reykjavik, Iceland and touring the country, which reminded him of Viking hordes and big ships.

It’s perspective, as that of the Vikings leaving Scandinavia in search of new lands and new adventures, always left me with the impression that it easily could have been a song about the members of Led Zeppelin themselves.

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The gods swooped down to conquer in their own private jet

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CHRIS ISAAK: Carrying His Rock ‘n’ Roll Torch ‘Beyond The Sun’

This piece was originally published July 2nd, 2012.

Chris Isaak Post TemplateAs Chris Isaak puts it, he grew up incessantly listening to his parent’s record collection as a child in Stockton, CA.

It wasn’t an outrageously huge collection, but it was one that would influence Chris to this day.

The collection was heavy on Sun Records recording artists and included records by Johnny Cash, Carl Perkins, Roy Orbison, Jerry Lee Lewis and Elvis Presley.

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GEORGE CLINTON and PARLIAMENT-FUNKADELIC: THE MOTHERSHIP STILL ORBITS

This piece was originally published February 13th, 2012.

Funkadelic Post TemplateThe Mothership touched down a few nights ago here in Providence, RI.

Legendary “King Funkateer” George Clinton, brought his mighty Parliament-Funkadelic tour (now known as The P-Funk All Stars) to the venerable downtown nightspot, Lupo’s Heartbreak Hotel for an evening that will not soon be forgotten by the lucky punters in attendance.

Elected to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1997, Parliament/Funkadelic still remain as one of the largest groups to ever be elected to the Hall, and most definitely the most colorful of any to ever grace a stage.

The history of George Clinton’s musical accomplishments is as vast as the outer space themes he so frequently mined for ideas.

 

The Parliaments in 1969 (George on the right)

 

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Imagine a career that spans a timeline from the mid-fifties and mid sixties (brief songwriter with Motown, R&B vocal group The Parliaments) through to the late sixties and seventies (formation of Acid Funk Rock group Funkadelic and sister group, the chart topping hit-makers Parliament) to solo work in the eighties and nineties, and onto his present time as a heavily sampled and heavily influential bandleader.

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The Budos Band: Dance Music For The Next Doomsday

This piece was originally published May 23rd, 2011.

Snake Girl Post IconIn his 2005 film Broken Flowers, Director Jim Jarmusch once again made an intriguing, talked about, little gem of an art house film.

This independent film, starring Bill Murray as an aged Don Juan who visits his many past relationships in search of the sender of a mysterious letter from a purported offspring, was critically praised and did decent international business.

Like almost all of Jarmusch’s films, it then became another part of his ongoing filmography that continues to grow a large cult following which will be studied, collected and revered.


What made one of the biggest impressions on myself and many viewers of this particular film however, was the film’s soundtrack music. Jarmusch used as the bulk of the film’s soundtrack, the then little known music of Ethiopian Jazz composer Mulatu Astatke.

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Finally…Ladies And Gentlemen, The Rolling Stones!

This piece was originally published December 10th, 2010.

Mick Jagger Post IconThree years onwards, from the tragic circumstances that made The Altamont Speedway Free Festival of 1969 such a disastrous black mark for its headliners/organizers, The Rolling Stones, 1972 would be the first time back for a large tour of the United States.

They would not be performing “Sympathy For The Devil” however, because of the (wrongly thought, but it seemed like a cursed tune to many at any rate) negative connotations associated with the murder at Altamont, again in the U.S. until at least 1975.


 

Now, embarking on a large tour to promote their recently released double album, Exile On Main Street, which was released in May of ’72 to mostly glowing reviews, they had surrounded themselves with a huge entourage of friends, associates, gal pals, and hangers on, and subsequently the tour was dubbed the STP Tour (Stones Touring Party).
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TRIBUTE BANDS: EVERYDAY IS HALLOWEEN

This piece was originally published October 18th, 2010.

Mini KISS Post IconNormal Halloween Activity: Putting on makeup, wigs, costumes, grabbing a big cheesy prop or two and getting to pretend to be someone else.

Normal Tribute Band Activity: Putting on makeup, wigs, costumes, grabbing a big cheesy prop or two and getting to pretend to be someone else.

In the past, I’d often deride and ridicule the many “tribute bands” that have come and gone (or are still around) throughout at least the last three plus decades. I would think of them as the performing arts’ Lowest Common Denominator of bands.

I felt that while the old saying goes, “Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery,” the truth was closer—or so I believed—to a lack of originality, a complete loss for creativity, an inability to compose original songs, and a desire to just be a fan(atical) cog in some misguided pop dream machine.

For a number of years now, due to a few reasons, I’ve had a change of heart here at The Mystery Box H.Q. I have seen and experienced some incredibly talented and focused musicians playing in some really great tribute bands. They can be both fun, seriously good, and above all worthy of a music aficionado’s attention.


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