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Armed with a new record, free agents Saves the Day are touring with Senses Fail and are packing the shows.
WHEELS & DEALS: IT’S A WHOLE NEW BALLGAME AT VIRGIN
Flom Gets Rolling in New Gig, Signing His First Band, Hiring His First Weasel
By Rodel Delfin

MORE ON THE DE-VIRGINIZING: During his first week as Virgin Chairman/CEO, Jason Flom wasted no time in signing Jacksonville, FL-based band Red Jumpsuit Apparatus. Obviously, it’s the first signing for Flom at the label. On top of that, he has made his first A&R hire by bringing in Steven Tramposch to handle A&R research for the company. Tramposch was previously at Elektra in an A&R research capacity. Accomplishing all this within a week of his arrival sends a message out to the A&R and artist communities that the new CEO is here to play. Meanwhile, word from inside the Virgin New York offices is that there is new excitement in the air. Morale is up and folks inside the label say it’s already a different ballgame at Virgin. Expect more plays to come, as rumors of executive changes/additions are said to be in the works… Lots of chatter building on the Rich Egan-managed Saves the Day. As you may recall, the band was previously signed to DreamWorks, but since the label was folded into the Universal Music Group, they’re out of their deal. Armed with a new record, the free agents are currently on tour with Senses Fail and are packing the shows. This one was a heated derby the last time around. Stand by… Buzz continues on Indie 103.1 radio fave Nico Vega. Reports are in that the group is in New York this week and return to L.A. for a string of shows. Expect more label folks to be on hand. So stay on it… U.K. sensations the Arctic Monkeys are #2 on the U.K. singles chart this week. Expect maximum weaseltude at their upcoming Big Apple and Tinseltown shows… On the pub tip, we hear there’s some action brewing for indie band Matchbook Romance. The band is currently on tour with Armor for Sleep and Lovedrug… The management derby for RCA band Anti-Flag is still in full effect. Five or six seasoned managers are said to be courting the group, whose last Fat Wreck Chords release sold around 90k. We’ll keep you posted on this one… Congrats to Universal Records SVP A&R Kevin Law and wife Kristi on the birth of their baby girl Kaya Belle Law. She was born Oct. 26 at 8:40 a.m., weighs 8 lbs., measures 20 inches and is rumored to already be in the studio with Nelly and Damian Marley working on a duets album… Also, Island Records A&R maven Rob Stevenson and his wife have delivered his biggest hit yet—Kiera Ryann Stevenson (aka Schneider Wong Stevenson) was born Monday night (10/31) at 10:50 p.m., weighing in at 7 lbs, 13 oz. “Mother and baby doing well; Dad is losing it” commented Stevenson… BUZZIN’: Kaz Utsunomiya, John Shanks, Tim McDaniel and David Fields… Hit me up: [email protected]

BUZZ GIGS:
ARCTIC MONKEYS
           Tues., Nov. 15, TBD, Mercury Lounge
GRACE POTTER                 Thurs., Nov. 17, 8 p.m., Bowery Ballroom
NICO VEGA                          Sun., Nov. 20, TBD, Troubadour

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