Psych Folk, Psychedelic Rock, Blues Rock, Improvisation (Poland)
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.
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 (now called Säure 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
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.
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.
A.J. Kaufmann’s third full-length physical album, “Hotel Valenthyne”, should appear sometime in early 2018. 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.
In January 2018, A.J. Kaufmann joined Aumega Project. Until now, Aumega re-released four albums and released three albums, of his Psychedelic, Krautrock, Brutalist Rock, Kosmische Punk band Säure Adler. Two of the released albums are exclusive on Aumega Project; "The Aumega Sessions" - which became the fifth place on the Underground Charts, in the Eclipsed - Rock Magazine (Europes biggest print-magazine for Psychedelic, Progressive, Art Rock a.m.) and also the "Close Encounters of the Seventh kind" - a kind of "best of-album" (49 of the best and most interesting tracks (3h 53min.) - spanning from 2013 to 2018.
Also included are two rare demos from 2005) compiled by Aumega Project.
Aumega Project also released "Cybernetic
Spin", the self titled debut album (Aumega
Exclusive) by A.J.'s Kosmische Musik, Improvisation, Avant-garde band Cybernetic Spin. "Moonfeast" and "New Legends" by
A.J.'s Experimental, Kosmische Musik, Psychedelic, Electronic, Avant-garde,
Improvisation project Die Rote Erde and
"Polski Folk & Slonce" (Aumega
Kaufmann's Psych Folk, Psychedelic Blues Rock and Improvisations solo album under his
A.J. Kaufmann is also a Member of
All Aumega Releases
Ehrenbürger von Atlantis
Psychedelic Poznań Warrior
Polski Folk & Slonce
The Offspring of Yesterday / Die Rote Erde
Moonfeast / Die Rote Erde
New Legends / Die Rote Erde
Cybernetic Spin / Cybernetic Spin
Close Encounters of the Seventh kind / Säure Adler
Kraut 50 - The Living Jam Album / Säure Adler
Have Spacesuit Will Travel / Säure Adler
The Aumega Sessions / Säure Adler
The White Foreigners / Säure Adler
Kwasarstunde / Säure Adleraumegaproject.bandcamp.com/album/kwasarstunde
En Masse / Säure Adler