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Steve Wynn & The Miracle 3

Release Date: 2005
Album Notes:

I was hanging out with my band. We're called the Miracle 3. Well, that is, they're called the Miracle 3. I'm called Steve Wynn. Always have been. Anyway, we were hanging out in a diner in the wee hours sometime after one of the 500 or so gigs we'd played together since the 21st Century began. We had already talked about the show, the choice of songs on the radio station, how many orders of fries would do for the table. That kind of stuff. That led us to heavier things like where we would record the next album. Ideas were kicked around. New Orleans, Singapore, Helsinki, Cleveland, my living room.

"Why don't we just go back to Tucson," I asked.

Now, Tucson was where we had made our last couple of albums. And those records--"Here Come the Miracles" and "Static Transmission" respectively--had kicked up a bit of a fuss. They were seen as my--oh, I dunno--fifth or sixth comeback, resuscitation from the dead since I made "The Days of Wine and Roses" with my old band the Dream Syndicate back in 1982. There was gold in them thar hills and I wanted to go back and dig for more. I liked the idea of putting an exclamation point on what would turn out to be some kind of Desert Trilogy.

But if Miracles was cocky, sprawling and swaggering and "Static" was moody, nervous and dangerous, I wanted this one to push the boundaries in a different direction. I wanted this album to be one that separate the wheat from the chaff, the men from the boys, the faint of heart from their wallets. I wanted to go back into the desert and battle the blinding heat with the dizzying neon glare that we would bring from New York. The Arizona haze short-circuited by the frenzy of a New York minute. Louder, harder, sicker, freakier, more hopped up on goofballs than what we had done before. I wanted this record in a way that, well in a way that we had been doing on various stages for the previous few years.

And that was that. Ten days in Tucson just like the last few times. The eternal search for the perfect goat taco, going head to head with co-producer Craig Schumacher in his personal playpen of forgotten gear aka Wavelab Studios. And we got what we wanted--a direct translation of the sounds and heat and chemistry and tension and occasional release that four people can reach when they've shared vans, stages, hotels, thoughts and memories for four years. This record was US. This was OUR MUSIC. This is the Miracle 3. No guests, no ringers, nobody hidden behind the screen (aside from my buddy and crime writer extroardinaire George Pelecanos who makes his songwriting debut as the lyricist of "Cindy, It Was Always You.")

And the title? Well, I wanted to convey the sensation of post-millenium panic, of a clock ticking and of a furious, unsettling race against time. I think that the songs and performances all reflect the frenzy and exhilaration of behavior modifications that occur when you have your eyes on the second hand and your hands on the volume controls of an Ampeg Reverbrocket amplifier, a rock and roll arms race of sorts. Me, I don't bother with time or looking at the clock. It only slows me down.

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The third release in the "Desert Session" trilogy, folllowing the critically acclaimed Here Come The Miracles and Static Transmission.

the Miracle 3 :
Linda Pitmon : Drums
Dave DeCastro : Bass
Jason Victor : Guitar

European release date : Oct 10, 2005
US release date : January 24, 2006

Item 1: cd
# Track Title Play
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1Wired Wired
2Cindy, It Was Always You Cindy, It Was Always You
3Freak Star Freak Star
4Killing Me Killing Me
5The Deep End The Deep End
6Turning Of The Tide Turning Of The Tide
7Bruises Bruises
8Your Secret Your Secret
9Wild Mercury Wild Mercury
10All The Squares Go Home All The Squares Go Home
11No Tomorrow No Tomorrow

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  • Sun Herald

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  • PopMatters

    Singer/guitarist/songwriter Steve Wynn has spent the better part of the last 25 years as an active participant in the music business, but a casual observer would be excused for thinking,......more>
  • Austin Chronicle

    Steve Wynn is now 46 years old, but don't peg him as middle aged. ...Tick...Tick...Tick is the third installment in what the former Californian, now New Yorker dubs his "Desert......more>
  • No Depression

    It's no surprise to see Steve Wynn & the Miracle 3 huddled mere inches apart on the inside front cover of their new album. This band is coiled tightly together,......more>
  • Philadelphia Weekly

    Live Music Sat., Feb. 11, 9pm. $5. With Teenage Prayers. World Cafe Live ... Tick ... Tick ... Tick just came out in the U.S., but the ex-Dream Syndicate frontman and his band have been pounding songs like jangle rock "Freak Star" and distortion-hazed "Killing Me" since a series of molten performances at last year's SXSW. All that practice-the band's been together now since 2001's Here Come the Miracles-shows up in a killer live show that hitches droning psychedelia to loose and laid-back country arrangements. You may not notice it on the records, but in concert it becomes clear that Wynn has one of the best rhythm sections in roots rock, with Dave DeCastro coaxing out rubber-souled bass alongside Linda Pitmon's transcendent drumming. Check 'em out. (Jennifer Kelly)
  • Boston Globe

    Sometimes you can judge a book, or in this case an album, by its cover. If the title of ex-Dream Syndicate frontman Steve Wynn's latest reads like a time bomb,......more>
  • Toronto Globe and Mail

    The clock is ticking, but Steve Wynn sure doesn't sound like he's under any constraints, time or otherwise. The former Dream Syndicate guy updates the Kinks and does a rowdier, more muscled Tom Petty. (Way more muscled. Actually, it doesn't sound anything like Petty, on second thought). Killing Me is a Bob Dylan-Bo Diddley knife fight, while Turning of the Tide jangles and grunges. The songwriting's fine, and there's a bunch of snappy energy all around. Seems like singer-guitarist Wynn is having the time of his life.
  • Metro Times / Detroit

    1. Steve Wynn & The Miracle 3 ...tick... tick... tick (Blue Rose): Issued in Europe, this is a rock 'n"roll pipe bomb wrapped in plastique and dipped in gunpowder. 2. My......more>
  • Rolling Stone

    I heard most of these songs before they were recorded: at a raging open rehearsal at New York's Lakeside Lounge, before singer-guitarist Wynn and his 3 (guitarist Jason Victor, bassist Dave DeCastro and drummer Linda Pitmon) split for Arizona to put tick on tape. None of the rough edges have been lost. "Wired" and "Wild Mercury" are fast and feral in the way of Wynn's Eighties fire with the Dream Syndicate ('66 Dylan with superfuzz and a Nuggets backbeat). And in the two-part finale, "No Tomorrow" -- angst at high speed, then death-do-us-part passion declared with crushing drums and snarling guitars -- Wynn has made his own kind of "Layla," with all of the scars showing.
  • Sun Herald

    Former Dream Syndicate leader Steve Wynn's output over the past few years has been amazing. His double CD, "Here Comes the Miracles," was one of 2001's best, and "Static Transmission"......more>
  • Have Fun Online

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  • The Philadelphia Inquirer

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  • Toronto Star

    Former Dream Syndicate frontman Steve Wynn has continued to make solid recordings under his own name, including the 2001 standout Here Comes the Miracles. Wynn's current Miracle 3 lineup, featuring guitarist Jason Victor, bassist Dave DeCastro and drummer Linda Pitmon, adds smartly to the catalogue with a disc that ranges from Big Star-inspired power pop ("Cindy, it was Always You") to bluesy rock ("Killing Me") to introspective folk/rock ("The Deep End"). Closer "No Tomorrow" is a two-part, eight-minute tour de force in which hooky pop is laced with slicing guitar digressions. Wynn and company perform Saturday at the Horseshoe Tavern.
  • PowerOfPop.com

    Steve Wynn is a legend. Not just because of his alt-rock pioneering with Dream Syndicate in the early 1980s but also because in the last five years, Wynn and his crack......more>
  • Hybrid Magazine

    Steve Wynn has been on a roll with his last bunch of albums; the last two (Here Come the Miracles and Static Transmission) and this new one forming a fantastic......more>
  • High Bias

    Steve Wynn is nothing if not consistent. No matter who his collaborators or with what paint he colors his work, his general methodology remains the same: noir-influenced lyrics, dry-as-dust vocal delivery, melodies that take Bob Dylan back to the garage, guitar music that pays homage to six-string outsiders (the Velvets, Neil Young, the blues, etc.) everywhere. That said, ...tick...tick...tick has something his prior LPs didn't manifest quite so overtly: a sense that Wynn and band are going for broke, that this shaky universe could fall spectacularly apart at any moment. Whether it's the folk-rocking "Freak Star," "All the Squares Go Home" (which builds to a feedback-ridden frenzy) and "The Deep End" or the noise-soaked "Wild Mercury," "Turning of the Tide" and "Killing Me" (which is practically a tribute to RL Burnside), Wynn and the 3 find the beauty in chaos and shove it right in your face. Brilliant stuff.
  • http://www.columbiaspectator.c

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  • Philadelphia Inquirer

    Fans of treasured cult artists like Steve Wynn face a dilemma: Rail against an indifferent universe in which one so obviously deserving has remained unrewarded for so long? Or clam up......more>
  • AllMusic

    Songwriter Steve Wynn, the former Dream Syndicate frontman, has been on a tear since 1996 when he offered Melting in the Dark. Since then, his records have featured howling, wailing......more>
  • Amazon.com

    A quarter-century or so after achieving his highest profile as frontman for L.A.'s Dream Syndicate, Steve Wynn continues to show that there's life beyond the Paisley Underground. His recent work......more>
  • Pulse

    Dream Syndicate alum Steve Wynn checks in after a busy year of touring and recording with other outfits (most notably Minneapolis"own Golden Smog) with an amazing batch of in-your-face, ballsy......more>
  • MusicBox Online

    though the re-emergence of garage rock has done little to carry the genre in a new direction, it has gone a long way towards rekindling the fire that once burned......more>
  • Shepherd Express

    America can't claim many rock musicians as diverse as Steve Wynn. From his seminal, noisy alternative-rock band Dream Syndicate to his up-and-down solo career that's channeled everyone from Lou Reed......more>
  • Harp Magazine

    Mindful of the risks of returning to a favorite well and hauling up an empty bucket, Steve Wynn refused to let his third Tucson-recorded album--preceded by 2001's Here Come the......more>
  • Americana UK

    Third instalment from Tucson finds Wynn revved up. Steve Wynn achieved a critical renaissance with 2001's "Here Come the Miracles." He followed it up with "Static Transmission" again recorded with......more>
  • RocknWorld.com

    Anybody who's a friend of Johnette Napolitano is fine by me. Steve Wynn is one of those quirky individuals that doesn't like swimming in mainstream waters. He was the leader......more>
  • The Celebrity Cafe

    he third release in the "Desert Session Trilogy," Tick Tick Tick is an excellent showcase of musicianship. Steve Wynn & The Miracle 3 is a great match; Steve found a band that compliments his style perfectly. The band's chemistry can be heard on tracks like the foot-stopping jam, "Killing Me." Throughout the album, Steve keeps up the edgy, rock star persona, even on more romantic tracks like "Cindy, It Was Always You." Steve's ability on the guitar is evident on every track but it is most notable on the 8-minute final track, "No Tomorrow." However, Steve's strength as a singer/songwriter is also evident on this album on mellower tracks like "Deep End" and "Turning of the Tide Reviewer: Gail Hoffer new pop
  • Americana-UK

    Third instalment from Tucson finds Wynn revved up. Steve Wynn achieved a critical renaissance with 2001's "Here Come the Miracles." He followed it up with "Static Transmission" again recorded with......more>
  • musikexpress

    Desert Rock? Americana? Straight noise with heart ripping melodies! The desert trilogy is finished: after the nearly perfect HERE COME THE MIRACLES (2001) and the barely weaker STATIC TRANSMISSION (2003) Steve Wynn and his......more>
  • BT.NO

    Det er noe symbolsk over Steve Wynns nye plate. Tidlig på 80-tallet siden dannet han Dream Syndicate, den mest Velvet Underground-inspirerte gruppen av alle de nye gitarrockgruppene fra Los Angeles......more>
  • TubaRec

    Nytt studioalbum, og den siste I 'Tuscon Triologien'. De to forl??perne 'Here Come The Miracles"og 'Static Transmission"fikk gode mottakelser, og alt ligger til rette for at det same skal skje denne gangen; dette er noe av det beste STEVE WYNN har gjort!
  • BiB

    Der Ex-DREAM SYNDICATE-Vorsteher mit grandioser (und lautstarker) Vollendung seiner 'Desert'-Trilogie. Nicht jeder ? die eingeschworene Fan-Gemeinde einmal ausgenommen ? ist ja mit der Biographie oder dem Gesamtoeuvre des sympathischen Alternative-Songwriters STEVE......more>
  • KindaMuzik.net

    Steve Wynn maakt nog steeds geweldige soloplaten. Weliswaar is zijn gitaargeori?nteerde popsound vandaag de dag lang niet zo baanbrekend als in zijn tijd met The Dream Syndicate, toen hij een......more>
  • Svenska Dagbladet

    Skivorna Here come the miracles och Static transmission göt båda nytt liv i Steve Wynns karriÄr så varför mixtra med en fungerande formel? Och ?tick?tick?tick fullbordar trilogin. NÄr Wynn drev bandet Dream Syndicate var det mycket Velvet Underground och Neil Young med i mixen. Steve och hans Miracle 3 larmar också på bra nÄr det krÄvs. Det Är rock som Är gjord för att strÄckas ut. Efter mer Än tjugo års konstant musicerande vet Steve Wynn vÄldigt vÄl hur han ska göra för att få sin rockmusik att brisera. Att lyssna på Steve Wynns skivor Är lite som att springa på någon gammal kompis från förr. Man kanske inte har saknat honom direkt, men man blir alltid lite varm i hjÄrtat av mötet.

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2015-09-04 Austin, TX
2015-09-05 Austin, TX
2015-10-07 Lisbon, Portugal
2015-10-08 Madrid, Spain
2015-10-12 Zaragoza, Spain
2015-10-13 Barcelona, Spain
2015-10-14 Vitoria, Spain
2015-10-15 Ourense, Spain
2015-10-28 Belgrade, Serbia
2015-10-29 Novi Sad, Serbia
2015-11-01 Rotterdam, Netherlands
2015-11-03 Amsterdam, Netherlands
2015-11-04 Rijkvorset, Belgium
2015-11-13 Oslo, Norway
2015-11-14 Egersund, Norway
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