Already called an icon of lo-fi songwriting in his native country, Poland, the poet, songwriter, and musician, A.J. Kaufmann, appeared on the international scene back in June 2008 with a well-received collection of cutting-edge poetry titled “Siva in Rags” (published by Kendra Steiner Editions, USA).
In October 2011, his first album, “Second Hand Man”, appeared on the Polish music market, released both on CD and vinyl (Mimics Cool), to critical acclaim of the local art-rock circles, but to little commercial success. It was distributed by Rock-Serwis among others, and was, by A.J.’s standards, a pop album.
Between 2011-2014 A.J. was busy home-recording, and publishing further poetry chapbooks, and his last to date collection of verse, titled “Hosannah Honeypots”, was published in 2013.
In October 2014, his second physical album, “Stoned Gypsy Wanderer”, was released in the USA (CD-R, Kendra Steiner Editions), a continuation of the psychedelic spirit of groups such as The 13th Floor Elevators, The Seeds, or Ya Ho Wha 13, and krautrock, but served in a modern, forward-thinking and sounding way. It was very well received critically in the USA, France, Italy, and Germany (with special thanks to Aural Innovations, USA, which remains A.J.’s favorite source of space rock exploration on the web), and received some airplay in the mentioned countries. Compared for example to the work of Julian Cope, the album is A.J.’s lo-fi trip into the sixties, his favorite period in music, and his cut-up search of the inner woman. Many more digital albums, both new, and collections of archived material followed. It’s especially worth to mention “Kaufi” (a trip to the author’s songwriting roots), and “Hall of the Menthol Chill” (A.J.’s first brutalist rock album) among others.
In 2016 A.J.’s surprisingly underground EP titled “r,/’f” (mini-CD-R) was released by the Poznan, Poland-based label Labela, featuring 6 new tracks, and quickly likened to the noise rock aesthetics of Butthole Surfers, Black Flag, and other similar bands, not forgetting about krautrock and space rock roots. 2016 also saw A.J.’s collaboration with Mariusz Henschke, his favorite Poznan, Poland guitarist, come to life, and their album titled “Baltic Bards” was released on December 6 2016.
Since his 2009 post-beat poetry chapbook “Broke Nuptial Minds” (Virgogray Press, USA), A.J. works with a talented painter and graphic artist from Texas, Mr. Justin Jackley. Justin is kind enough to provide graphic support for A.J.’s wildest ideas, both text and audio, and is the only graphic artist to “officially” work with Mr. Kaufmann.
In 2012, A.J. founded Sauer Adler, a lo-fi space-rock project, inspired by b-movies, krautrock and experimental music, that currently performs brutalist rock, a genre first envisioned on A.J.’s “Hall of the Menthol Chill” album (2015). The current band logo was designed by Justin Jackley.
In 2014, A.J. Kaufmann started his experimental guitar/electronica/kosmische/industrial project called Die Rote Erde, with roots dating back to 2004. Genres aside, this is “flesh in sound in air”, a sound sculpture for the co(s)mic side of modern times.
A.J. Kaufmann’s third full-length physical album, “Calvert Avenue”, should appear sometime in 2017/early 2018, with artwork kindly provided by Justin Jackley.
A.J. is most proud of his place in both an anthology dedicated to Lou Reed (“Polymorphous Urban: Poems for Lou Reed”, Kendra Steiner Editions, USA, 2014), and an anthology dedicated to Arthur Rimbaud (“Fierce Invalids”, Blind Dog Press, Australia, 2014), where he shares printing space not only with William S. Burroughs and Gregory Corso, but also with some of the best modern poets currently around. But A.J. is most of all a musician – a discoverer of dada folk, brutalist rock, and kosmische pop, proud of it, still learning, and still standing.
http://ajkaufmann.bandcamp.com http://payhip.com/ajkaufmann http://saueradler.bandcamp.com
Photo by Yuliia Andriichuk.