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Licht, Alan / A New York Minute
Album:A New York Minute Collection:General
Artist:Licht, Alan Added:Sep 2003
Label:Xi Records 

A-File Activity
Add Date:2003-10-19 Pull Date:2003-12-21 
Week Ending:Dec 14Nov 9Nov 2

 Recent Airplay
1.Jan 13, 2010:Customary Surprise
A New York Minute, Remington Khan
4.Nov 05, 2003:Brownian Motion
Freaky Friday
2.Dec 24, 2003:Browninan XXX-mass Eve
Freaky Friday
5.Oct 30, 2003:Brownian Epiphany
Another Sky
3.Dec 10, 2003:press and release
A New York Minute

Album Review
Reviewed 2003-10-14 
Alan Licht, veteran of many bands and scenes, here treads onto experimental collage and looping ground. Pieces assembled from tapes rest easily aside pieces militantly proclaimed “no overdubs”. Seemingly one-idea tracks take on multiple levels on closer inspection. Patience is rewarded on both of the second CD’s half-hour-plus tracks.

CD 1
1. A collage (more assembled than cut-up) of minute-long radio weather reports from a NY station in January 2001; one funny detail is how the reports feature teletype machine sounds in the background when it’s highly probable that no teletypes are used; maybe my mind is just imagining this, which in itself would be remarkable; another interesting thing is that the reports are of basically the same info (though slowly mutating) but presented differently – a spoken take on pieces that appear to repeat but in actuality, gradually mutate; a bit of subway station ambiance is suffixed
2. Multitracked guitars, that through the magic of electronics, sound like melodicas or harmoniums; about halfway through, the sound changes to looped guitar figures and eventually, bass also comes in; hypnotizing
3. Crickets, loop flutes, stoopid guitar and drums loop, and to ice this sonic cake, chants of Ali’s name
4. Multitracked organ drone

CD 2
1. A half-hour of tense guitar trilling resolved by a few minutes of cathartic, melodic picking layered on top of same guitar trill; patience is the watchword
2. Starts very quietly – the Marantz CD players may elide the 3-4 minutes of low level sound away – then a slow buildup to a Fahey-esque delicately picked out melodies alongside somewhat more guttural rhythmic strums; this eventually fades and then the motif returns but with a much more nasty fuzzed bassline juxtaposed to the delicate fingerpicked melody; again, patience is the word as this piece lasts some 35+ minutes

Track Listing
1.A New York Minute 4.Another Sky
2.Freaky Friday 5.14, Second, Fifth
3.Muhammed Ali and the Cricket 6.Remington Khan