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Jamuel Saxon: New Year, New Video, New Album

Jamuel Saxon's debut full-length Pre-Madonna will be available digitally January 17, 2012 on local Single Screen Records. The announcement comes off the heels of the release of the video for the album's first single "Planetarium," a celestial sway-and-shake party anthem about losing yourself in the stars, even if they're just projected on the planetarium ceiling. A release party happens January 19 at the Casbah..

Fronted by Keith Milgaten, they'll appear Friday, December 16 at the the Soda Bar., along with Cuckoo Chaos (which includes his brother Jackson Milgaten).

You'd think that as you got older, the tendency would be to get more serious, rather than less. Keith Milgaten begs to differ. After an adolescence of making "serious" electronic music, Milgaten realized that he wanted to lighten up and have more fun, and inspired by a discovery of beat-making, auto-tune, and the 'Intelligent Dance Music' movement started by The Postal Service, Milgaten founded Jamuel Saxon.

The band is an electro-pop trio originally comprising Keith Milgaten (the Vision of a Dying World), Spencer Rabin (Charles Musket), Aimee Sanchez (Black Mamba), and a vocoder. The trio’s music was created by beat programming, two korgs, one guitar, and vocoder.

Image “Don’t let the name fool you,” says their website. “Jamuel Saxon isn't a jam-rock frat band. It's one dude in San Diego [and friends] making scratchy laptop beats with soulful vocoder vocals and Casio keyboard effects that sound like the hold music at the Emotionally Abused Robot Hotline.”

Milgaten, who was nominated for Best Electronic at the 2009 San Diego Music Awards, describes his band's sound as being "somewhere between pre-Utopian-core and intelligent dance music."

Their music combines itchy beats with seductive R 'n' B melodies and warm, dynamic synths, bass and guitars. The complex song structure and dense layers represent Milgaten's philosophy perfectly-he believes that when making music, it's important to take it easy, to make it fun, but that fun should never come at the expense of making the best music you can. "All I've ever wanted is to be a good influence on people."

Milgaten expanded Jamuel Saxon from a solo effort to the aforementioned trio, and then to full-band affair with live guitar, drums, bass and even projections. This was thanks, in large part, to Jayson Ehm. Ehm was a longtime fan of the band whom Milgaten asked to join in on drums for a one-off gig. The two got along so well together, and Ehm's skill and vision were so in sync with Milgaten's, that he made Ehm a permanent fixture as both drummer for Jamuel Saxon and designer of their visual element.

Other performing bandmates in Jamuel Saxon have included Writer brothers Jayme Ralph (drums) and Andy Ralph (bass). The Jamuel Saxon EP The Prolly Shores, recorded at Jayme Ralph’s North Park home studio, was released in 2010. Around the same time, Milgaten has released a ten-song solo album, Landmines & Chandeliers. He teamed up with Writer brothers Jayme and James Ralph again for a tour.

At the August 2011 San Diego Music Awards, Jamuel Saxon took home the trophy for Best Electronic.

In October 2011, they released an EP (CD and digital download) of songs that didn’t make the Pre-Madonna album cut. The EP features a club version of the Vision of a Dying World tune “Awoken By a Scene From the End Times,” as well as covering a song by Cuckoo Chaos.

The band recorded their Pre-Madonna full-length in late spring 2011, co-produced by Jimmy Lavalle (the Album Leaf, Tristeza) at a cabin in Boulder Creek, California, though its release was put off until the band could find a suitable label (it ended up on local Single Screen Records, so-named because its founders worked at the Ken Cinema, one of only two single-screen movie theaters in San Diego county).

Here's the new video for "Planetarium," directed by Anthony Levas and Mike Brown, edited by Mike Brown and Keith Milgaten, and with set and lighting by Moistrix.

http://www.youtube.com/embed/yxZgoLX8fBM

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Jamuel Saxon's debut full-length Pre-Madonna will be available digitally January 17, 2012 on local Single Screen Records. The announcement comes off the heels of the release of the video for the album's first single "Planetarium," a celestial sway-and-shake party anthem about losing yourself in the stars, even if they're just projected on the planetarium ceiling. A release party happens January 19 at the Casbah..

Fronted by Keith Milgaten, they'll appear Friday, December 16 at the the Soda Bar., along with Cuckoo Chaos (which includes his brother Jackson Milgaten).

You'd think that as you got older, the tendency would be to get more serious, rather than less. Keith Milgaten begs to differ. After an adolescence of making "serious" electronic music, Milgaten realized that he wanted to lighten up and have more fun, and inspired by a discovery of beat-making, auto-tune, and the 'Intelligent Dance Music' movement started by The Postal Service, Milgaten founded Jamuel Saxon.

The band is an electro-pop trio originally comprising Keith Milgaten (the Vision of a Dying World), Spencer Rabin (Charles Musket), Aimee Sanchez (Black Mamba), and a vocoder. The trio’s music was created by beat programming, two korgs, one guitar, and vocoder.

Image “Don’t let the name fool you,” says their website. “Jamuel Saxon isn't a jam-rock frat band. It's one dude in San Diego [and friends] making scratchy laptop beats with soulful vocoder vocals and Casio keyboard effects that sound like the hold music at the Emotionally Abused Robot Hotline.”

Milgaten, who was nominated for Best Electronic at the 2009 San Diego Music Awards, describes his band's sound as being "somewhere between pre-Utopian-core and intelligent dance music."

Their music combines itchy beats with seductive R 'n' B melodies and warm, dynamic synths, bass and guitars. The complex song structure and dense layers represent Milgaten's philosophy perfectly-he believes that when making music, it's important to take it easy, to make it fun, but that fun should never come at the expense of making the best music you can. "All I've ever wanted is to be a good influence on people."

Milgaten expanded Jamuel Saxon from a solo effort to the aforementioned trio, and then to full-band affair with live guitar, drums, bass and even projections. This was thanks, in large part, to Jayson Ehm. Ehm was a longtime fan of the band whom Milgaten asked to join in on drums for a one-off gig. The two got along so well together, and Ehm's skill and vision were so in sync with Milgaten's, that he made Ehm a permanent fixture as both drummer for Jamuel Saxon and designer of their visual element.

Other performing bandmates in Jamuel Saxon have included Writer brothers Jayme Ralph (drums) and Andy Ralph (bass). The Jamuel Saxon EP The Prolly Shores, recorded at Jayme Ralph’s North Park home studio, was released in 2010. Around the same time, Milgaten has released a ten-song solo album, Landmines & Chandeliers. He teamed up with Writer brothers Jayme and James Ralph again for a tour.

At the August 2011 San Diego Music Awards, Jamuel Saxon took home the trophy for Best Electronic.

In October 2011, they released an EP (CD and digital download) of songs that didn’t make the Pre-Madonna album cut. The EP features a club version of the Vision of a Dying World tune “Awoken By a Scene From the End Times,” as well as covering a song by Cuckoo Chaos.

The band recorded their Pre-Madonna full-length in late spring 2011, co-produced by Jimmy Lavalle (the Album Leaf, Tristeza) at a cabin in Boulder Creek, California, though its release was put off until the band could find a suitable label (it ended up on local Single Screen Records, so-named because its founders worked at the Ken Cinema, one of only two single-screen movie theaters in San Diego county).

Here's the new video for "Planetarium," directed by Anthony Levas and Mike Brown, edited by Mike Brown and Keith Milgaten, and with set and lighting by Moistrix.

http://www.youtube.com/embed/yxZgoLX8fBM

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