Oct. 12 2011 03:47 PM

Keith Milgaten almost dies, Crush Effect in a commercial and more music news

Jamuel Saxon
Keith Milgaten (left) and Jayson Ehm of Jamuel Saxon
Photo by Anthony Levas

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Jamuel Saxon mastermind Keith Milgaten has vowed to stay off drugs after a life-threatening incident on Saturday night.

Reached by phone on Tuesday, Milgaten explained that he'd been drinking heavily and doing cocaine. He had a “self-induced intervention” with his girlfriend and mom and sobered up, but he had a panic attack when they embarked on a road trip to Las Vegas to visit his dying grandmother. As he was driving with his girlfriend, following his mom in another car, his arms went numb, his chest got tight and he started having muscle spasms and losing control of his voice. They pulled off by the side of the road and a police officer escorted them to a nearby urgent-care center.

Milgaten described the experience in a post on Jamuel Saxon's Tumblr site titled “Keithxsn's near date with Death,” which he beamed out in a mass email and reposted on his Facebook page this week.

“On the grass outside of the nearby fast food establishment, I prayed from the bottom of my heart, ‘Lord please forgive me for the downfalls of my life and give me another chance to make things better,'” he wrote.

He's recovering in Las Vegas and says he'll stay sober on a brief West Coast tour in October. He'll seek help with getting off drugs when he comes back to San Diego. He's been publicizing his experience because he wants people to know that drugs are bad.

“I just want to use whatever voice I have to try to stop this movement of drugs and music being associated with each other,” he told CityBeat. “It's not a glamorous thing, and it only ends in the worst shit.”

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Whiskey drinkers are getting a taste of Crush Effect, a new electronic trio featuring members of Vokab Kompany, 40 Oz. to Freedom and Karl Denson's Tiny Universe. The trio has a song in a commercial for southern Comfort Fiery Pepper, a whiskey with Tabasco sauce in it. The track, a dubstep-R&B hybrid called “BuIt Down,” also features Vokab Kompany vocalists Matt Burke and Robbie Gallo.

Wavves frontman Nathan Williams is working on a video game. It's in the early design stages, but Williams told Pitchfork last week that the premise will be a “nightmare” and the game will be modeled on the 1984 Atari game Paperboy and early Nintendo versions of The Simpsons.


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