September 11, 2014

A DIFFERENT DRUM UPDATE - 9/11/2014

Filed under: Uncategorized — Todd @ 5:04 pm

Hello friends of A Different Drum!  This is Todd with a little update.  Well…it’s a little update, but the news might seem a little bit big.  Sorry I’ve been silence for several weeks.

As you know, A Different Drum stopped being my full-time job a few years ago and has only been a hobby that I have kept alive on the side for a while, though it has not been a profitable business for a long time.  I’ve kept it alive out of a love of the music and the artists I’ve been privileged to work with for twenty years.

As my children have grown and my life’s focuses have had to change, I have had to think a lot about what I want to do with A Different Drum.  It has been such a big part of my life for so long that it feels like a child in itself. As you’ve noticed, I’ve trimmed my online store selections down to a trickle, while focusing my attention on the unique, limited edition releases through A Different Drum’s VIP program. I’ve decided that this transition will become complete before 2014 is over.

So…

http://www.adifferentdrum.com will cease to exist as an online store by the end of the year. I’ve had a great time running the mail-order for many years, but time no longer permits me to do so as I turn my attention to other endeavors which I hope can ultimately provide me with a living (that is, after all, very important).

I have quite a bit of inventory still on hand, and from this point, that inventory will be liquidated at a huge discount, by degrees. I will begin by placing a 20% discount on the website for two or three weeks.  Then I will take what remains and increase the discount for a while, etc.  If you want to wait for a deeper discount, that is fine, but realize that any item which sells out will not be restocked and you will have missed your chance.  So, maybe order what you want most at an earlier date, and then wait for other items to see if they go lower.  It’s up to you.

The 20% discount will show up in the shopping cart once you proceed to checkout!  You will see the regular prices listed while shopping.

Because the website is programmed to exclude the newest releases, there may be a couple items which do not discount, which includes this one:

De/Vision “25 Years - Best Of Tour 2013″ DVD $18
Click here to see the tracks and pre-order if you want one:
http://www.adifferentdrum.com/buy/POP036/De-Vision-25-Years-Best-of-Tour-2013

Since A Different Drum’s early days include De/Vision as a key part of the label and store, I still think it is cool to offer their latest DVD for anybody who wants to pick it up.  I will only order as many as I need to fill orders placed during the next two weeks, so pre-order one ASAP if you want it.  Again, these will ship once I have them, and I will not order extras.

MY EBAY AUCTIONS of bulk CD’s will continue in the ongoing weeks.  Watch here for those EBay auctions:
http://www.ebay.com/usr/adiffe

Once again I give a heartfelt “THANK YOU” to all of you who have been a huge part of A Different Drum and of my life for so long! It has been a wonderful journey!

TO THE VIP SUBSCRIBERS:

The VIP Subscriptions are continuing as planned. The above announcement is concerning A Different Drum’s online store.  As VIP subscribers, you have received the limited edition releases without needing to order them through the store, and you will continue to get them in the mail.

The VIP Subscribers are very special to me because they are the die-hard fans and collectors who have allowed A Different Drum to release new music for the last three years.  They’ve purchased many releases in advance, without even knowing what was to come, just because they wanted to support new synthpop artists, and that is an amazing thing to realize! Many CD’s exist in physical format because of these few people true fans, so thanks!  I will probably make some more of those unique, EBay offers to the VIP’s even while the clearance is continuing. As deserved, you should have first shot at the good deals.

Sincerely,
Todd Durrant

PS.  If there is anybody out there who feels like they want to take on the mantle of A Different Drum’s online store, then feel free to email me. I guess I should keep that possibility open, for what it is worth :-)

July 17, 2014

A Different Drum Update - 7/17/2014

Filed under: Uncategorized — Todd @ 12:46 pm

Hello friends of A Different Drum.  This is Todd, writing to you with a couple new CD’s available for synthpop fans and collectors to order…

AND FINALLY “Heartbreak Empire” $10 — I just picked up a few of this new album from the band in Spain.  It’s really well produced with a nice blend of male and female vocals, with a slightly edgy sound that I enjoy.  You can listen to a couple of songs and order the CD here:
http://www.adifferentdrum.com/buy/AF2014/And-Finally-Heartbreak-Empire

Marcos Zaldano “Fantastico” (Rename CDR Promo) $8 — I have another very limited edition promo featuring two remixes by Rename of Marcos Zaldano’s “Fantastico”.  There are only 20 of these limited promo CDR’s wordwide.  Pick one up here:
http://www.adifferentdrum.com/buy/MZRNM1/Marcos-Zaldano-Fantastico-Rename-Promo-Single

And now, for this week’s EBay CD bundle offer…there are 9 CD’s in this offer if you are interested:
http://www.ebay.com/itm/181468355679

Thanks for reading this short update, and thanks for your support, as I keep A Different Drum moving along with these occasional, unique offers.

-Todd

June 12, 2014

A Different Drum Update - June 12th, 2014

Filed under: Uncategorized — Todd @ 1:21 pm

Hello friends of A Different Drum!  This is Todd with a little update for you.  I have a couple of new releases in the store that might interest you, plus a special, pre-order if you’re a fan of Space March.

NEW ARRIVALS:

Electro Planet “Way to the Planet” $15 — This new Russian import features a nice collection of old-school, melodic synthpop to keep you dancing and singing along.  Listen to the album sampler and order the CD here:
http://www.adifferentdrum.com/buy/SAO32/Electro-Planet-Way-to-the-Planet

Rename “Extra Bounce 2″ $24 — This is an ultra-limited collection of rare tracks by Rename, including demos, remixes, etc.  There are only 55 numbered copies in the world.  You can see the complete track list and purchase one of the few CD’s that I have here:

http://www.adifferentdrum.com/buy/RR-EB2-CDR032014/Rename-Extra-Bounce-2

PRE-ORDER:

Space March “It Must Be Obvious” $18 — This is a very limited edition release from Australia’s synthpop act, Space March.  It features cover versions of songs that have inspired the band through the years, including interpretations of Pet Shop Boys, New Order, Depeche Mode, David Bowie, etc.  I’m only able to bring a few numbered copies to the fans who order through A Different Drum.  So, place your order as quickly as possible and I’ll reserve one for you.  This is a pre-order and will be shipped once the ordered copies arrive from the band.  Pre-order here:

http://www.adifferentdrum.com/buy/88817473408-8/Space-March-It-Must-Be-Obvious

VIP SUBSCRIBERS:

If you are a VIP Subscriber, then you should have received (or will receive very soon) the latest package of limited edition releases by Vaylon and The Jellyrox.   The next 2-pack is in the works.  Thanks for your support!

Thanks,

Todd

May 16, 2014

A Different Drum Update - May 16th, 2014

Filed under: Uncategorized — Todd @ 2:41 pm

Hello, this is Todd from A Different Drum!  It’s time for another email update.  I’m sorry that it has been a long time since I included another installation of A Different Drum’s history. My time has been very limited this year with other responsibilities that I have.  I hope to get back to it some day!

For now, there are two new releases in the online store that I wish to mention, plus a couple cool EBay auctions:

NEW ARRIVALS

My Woshin Mashin “To My Friends” $14 — This cool, imported release is from a fun synthpop band with a lot of attitude and quirky tunes.  I sold a few of their limited edition EP which definitely introduced their sound well, though this full-length album is a bit more song oriented, and not quite as humorous.  Watch a couple of the music videos and order the CD here:
http://www.adifferentdrum.com/buy/TCR1/My-Woshin-Mashin-To-My-Friends

Huminoida “Intoxicating Spring” (limited edition 10-inch vinyl + CD) $16 — This is the new release from Finland’s Huminoida, a band featuring Kimmo K. on vocals, who was the vocalist for Neuroactive for a few years.  This limited edition features a 10-inch transparent vinyl (very cool) plus a CD.  There are only 200 in the world, and each is numbered.  I still have a copy of the last 10-inch vinyl by Huminoida in stock as well, for those of you who missed out last time.  Check out the audio sample and order here:
http://www.adifferentdrum.com/buy/6outro/Huminoida-Intoxicating-Spring

EBAY AUCTIONS

This week I have two special auctions.  One includes 6 out-of-print CD’s from A Different Drum’s label, and the other is the largest bulk lot I’ve featured on EBay in a very long time…including 79 CD’s from A Different Drum’s label plus a few imports included.

Here is the listing for the out-of-print pack:
http://www.ebay.com/itm/181412357450

Here is the listing for the 79-CD bulk lot:
http://www.ebay.com/itm/181412364527

Thanks for your support, and I hope you have a wonderful month of May!
-Todd

April 26, 2014

A Different Drum Update - April 26th, 2014

Filed under: Uncategorized — Todd @ 5:15 pm

Hello friends of A Different Drum!  I’m happy to touch bases with you and let you know that there are a couple fun, new releases that arrived in the store this week.  Plus, as is becoming a tradition, there are a couple of bulk CD offers through EBay this week which might interest you.

NEW ARRIVALS:

Fred Ventura and Paolo Gozzetti “ItaloConnection” $16 — This is a rare, Italo Disco / Synthpop classic that is finally released with extra tracks on CD to make a 10-track album.  Fans of classic electronic pop will love adding this to their collection.  This is old-school at it’s finest.  Listen to a song and order the CD here:
http://www.adifferentdrum.com/buy/SSR00031/Fred-Ventura-and-Paolo-Gozzetti-ItaloConnection

Bellatrix “Transmission” $16 — This is a new act in the “spacesynth” scene, playing bouncy, melodic synthesizer music that takes cues from the classic synthesizer’s of the 80’s as well as blending in futuristic themes.  Check out a sample and order the CD here:
http://www.adifferentdrum.com/buy/SSR00030/Bellatrix-Transmission

EBAY AUCTIONS - BULK LOTS:

Here is a box lot of 17 CD’s plus a t-shirt, including both imports and US releases:
http://www.ebay.com/itm/181393424334

Here is another box lot of 17 CD’s from around the world, plus a t-shirt:
http://www.ebay.com/itm/181393429336

Thanks for your support, and I hope to have a couple more fun releases for you soon!
-Todd

April 3, 2014

A Different Drum Update - April 3rd, 2014 - Sale!

Filed under: Uncategorized — Todd @ 4:43 pm

Hello friends of A Different Drum!  Alas, spring is here!  Where I live, spring usually means that one day it is sunny and warm, but the next is rainy or snowy.  People around here say, “if you don’t like the weather right now, just wait a few minutes.”
With the coming of spring in the USA, it also means that it is time for me to frantically put together and file my taxes.  Yikes!  I never seem to have the time, but it must be done.  With taxes, that traditionally means it’s time for A Different Drum’s tax sale!  So, you can now get a 20% discount on your entire order (excluding new releases).  You’ll see the discount applied to your shopping cart once you checkout.  This sale will be running for a couple of weeks.  I want to emphasize that since I’m thinning out my inventory as quickly as possible, there will NOT be any back-orders once a CD sells out.  I’ll simply refund any CD that I can’t ship to you, and the sold-out item will be removed from the catalog.
Along with the 20% off sale, I’ve listed three small auctions on EBay, if you want to take advantage of the deals.  I’ll just put the links here:
Small T-shirt + 4 CD Deal:
http://www.ebay.com/itm/181370858917
Large T-shirt + 4 CD Deal:
http://www.ebay.com/itm/181370865993
9 CD Deal :
http://www.ebay.com/itm/181370869513

I still have some of those $5 CD imports that I mentioned last time, including several CD’s by 3 Cold Men and Florence Foster Fanclub.  Take advantage of the low, clearance prices!

Thanks for your support!
-Todd

March 13, 2014

A Different Drum Update - March 13th, 2014

Filed under: Uncategorized — Todd @ 8:46 pm

Hello friends of A Different Drum!  It is time to update you once again with some new CD’s and discounts! First of all, here are two unique releases that you may want to add to your collection:

Gregory’s Return “Up and Down” (limited promo CD single) $12 — This new single is produced by Marcus of Rename, and he helps to give it a classic synthpop sound.  There are four versions of the song on this very limited promo single.  Since there are only 50 worldwide, I was only able to get 4 of them.  So…first come first serve.
http://www.adifferentdrum.com/buy/GRProLTD-CDR1/Gregorys-Return-Up-and-Down-Limited-Promo-Single

Various Artists “Synth Radio Russians 5″ $15 — These Russian synthpop collections are really quite excellent, featuring solid bands like Mental Discipline, Digital Machine, Fate Creator, and more…all from Russia!  This particular edition comes with a thick, 32 page booklet!  Order the CD here:
http://www.adifferentdrum.com/buy/SAO29/Various-Artists-Synth-Radio-Russians-5

In the ongoing effort to bring you great deals from around the world, this email features some fun, $5 CD’s from Brazil!  Right now, you can order each of these for only $5 each:
3 Cold Men “Photogramm” $5
http://www.adifferentdrum.com/buy/LZ012/3-Cold-Men-Photogramm
3 Cold Men “A Cold Decade” $5
http://www.adifferentdrum.com/buy/789823738604-1/3-Cold-Men-A-Cold-Decade
3 Cold Men “Urban RMXS” $5
http://www.adifferentdrum.com/buy/LZ008/3-Cold-Men-Urban-RMXS
Florence Foster Fan Club “Asymmetric”
http://www.adifferentdrum.com/buy/Wo39-ND02/Florence-Foster-Fan-Club-Asymmetric
Florence Foster Fan Club “Everyday Theatre”
http://www.adifferentdrum.com/buy/W020/Florence-Foster-Fan-Club-Everyday-Theatre

I also have a couple of CD 6-packs currently listed on EBay.  If you would like to see them, then go here:
http://www.ebay.com/itm/181350742853
And go here:
http://www.ebay.com/itm/181350744848

That is all for this week!  Thanks for your support, and I’ll be back in touch soon.
-Todd
PS.  The latest VIP subscriber packages have begun to ship this week, including the limited edition CD’s by Wave In Head and Sad January.  Watch for them if you are a subscriber!

February 13, 2014

A Different Drum Update - 2/13/2014

Filed under: Uncategorized — Todd @ 8:01 pm

Hello friends of A Different Drum!  I hope that you’re all having a good February.  There are some nasty winter storms hitting different parts of the USA right now, but here where I am, it’s almost like spring and the snow is melting as we get occasional rain.  I hope you’re enjoying the season wherever you are in the world!

There hasn’t been a lot going on in terms of A Different Drum’s store lately.  I did get some of the “part 2″ of the Isaac Junkie / Andy Bell single in stock.  I still have a few, so if you picked up part 1 and are interested in part 2, then order the CD here:
http://www.adifferentdrum.com/buy/IJRCD025/Isaac-Junkie-featuring-Andy-Bell-Breathing-Love-Part-2

In my continuing effort to down-size A Different Drum’s store until it features only discounted items and new, boutique synthpop releases from independent artists, I’ve put a few more offers on EBay for you.  These “CD lot” deals help me to reduce the old inventory at clearance prices.  These usually sell for far below the cost of the CD’s, so you can get a great deal.  This time, I’m going to give individual links to some of those offers:

6 CD Lot featuring artists like Endless Shame, Endanger, And One, etc.
http://www.ebay.com/itm/181324308515
6 CD Lot featuring artists like Rupesh Cartel, Perfidious Words, Jens Bader, etc.
http://www.ebay.com/itm/181324310638
6 CD Lot featuring limited edition “A Different Mix” CD’s and more.
http://www.ebay.com/itm/181324311925
6 CD Lot featuring artists like Haberdashery, Edge of Dawn, Dekad, etc.
http://www.ebay.com/itm/181324314564
6 CD Lot featuring artists like Cosmicity, Faith Assembly, SPOCK, etc.
http://www.ebay.com/itm/181324315382
6 CD Lot featuring various dance CD’s.
http://www.ebay.com/itm/181324317441
16 CD Lot featuring several A Different Drum label releases, plus miscelaneous other used CD’s.
http://www.ebay.com/itm/181324321217
3 Limited Edition vinyl releases.
http://www.ebay.com/itm/181324324147

All of these auctions will be shipped via first class / air mail (priority in the USA), and the shipping price is calculated by EBay, based on the package weight and final destination, so be sure to consider the shipping price for your location when you bid.  Since I’m selling these cheap, I don’t want to cut corners on shipping and lose even more money, if you know what I mean.  I will try to list a few more auctions this weekend, so check back.  I really need to keep reducing my inventory.

Also, if you are interested in joining the VIP subscriber program, there are currently spots available.  Once again, this is a program where you pay a monthly fee to receive unique, limited edition releases.  Each release has only 300 CD’s made worldwide– 200 of those are shipped to the subscribers, and 100 to the artist.  So, there are limited spots available.  As subscribers leave, then other interested fans are allowed to join until the available CD’s are all claimed.  This will be more and more the focus of A Different Drum going into the future, since it is something I can manage with the limited hours I have available these days.  So far, a lot of people have enjoyed the limited edition releases, allowing them to fun, new synthpop music on a regular basis, and with CD’s that are destined to become collectibles.

Thanks for your support!
-Todd

January 25, 2014

A Different Drum Update - January 25th, 2014

Filed under: Uncategorized — Todd @ 12:19 pm

Hello friends of A Different Drum!  It has been a while since I’ve written an update.  It’s been even longer since I sent another installment of A Different Drum’s history, which some of you seem to be enjoying.  I’m sorry about the long silence.  Life sometimes gets very busy…especially around the holidays.  I’m sometimes surprised at how much time has flown by when I finally get a couple hours to sit down and try to catch up.

First of all, here is a new release that has come into A Different Drum’s independent synthpop store:

Kaos! “Scream in Silence” $10 — This is the first full-length album from a Swedish synthpop duo that has been around for a few years.  They play a light, retro sound with female lead vocals. You can watch a couple of live clips on Youtube, and I’ve embedded one of those onto the listing.  You can watch a video and order the CD here:
http://www.adifferentdrum.com/buy/SHORTCD009/Kaos-Scream-in-Silence

Also, as an update for the VIP subscribers, I got about half-way through mailing the last two releases before I ran out of shipping envelopes (oops!).  So, if you haven’t received your package with the new Inter-Connect and Saudade CD’s, don’t worry!  I’ll get them out as quickly as possible, once my new shippers arrive.  Then, shortly after those are shipped, I’ll begin shipping the new package with the new albums from Wave In Head and Sad January.

TRIBUTE to Randy Webb…

I’ve mentioned before that one of the joys of my experience with A Different Drum is that I’ve been able to get to know a lot of great people through the years.  Not only has it been fun to meet a lot of the artists who contribute to our small scene, but I’ve also been able to meet the people who really make it all come together– the fans!

One of those fans who I have known for a lot of years is Randy Webb.  I don’t even remember exactly when I first talked to Randy, but it has been many years now that I’ve known him and helped to provide the music he dearly loved.  He wasn’t very good with computers and basically knew how to do one thing with them– type in searches on Google for synthpop and spacesynth music.  He would search the internet for new bands and call me whenever he found anything new, even if it wasn’t yet released on CD.  He didn’t know how to download (legally, of course, since he would never dream of taking somebody’s music without paying), so if it was a download he’d found, he’d call me and ask if I could buy it for him, burn it onto disc, and send it to him.  He’d pay me back quickly and was always very grateful that there was somebody to help him add the music that he loved to his collection.

I met Randy in person at each of the A Different Drum festivals in Salt Lake City.  He always participated enthusiastically, like it was one of the biggest events of his life to actually meet some of band members and to look through the piles of CD’s I’d bring to sell.  He brought his son along, and I remember that it was a big deal for Randy to take a photo of his boy with the members of Intuition.

Even after I disconnected A Different Drum’s official business phone number because of my change in full-time employment, Randy still had my cell phone number. I knew that cutting off that link with him would mean that his source for music was gone.  He didn’t know how to get music any other way, other than to have me get it for him.  He often called me and complained about the fact that these bands were so wonderful, but couldn’t be found in any music store.  He couldn’t understand why they weren’t famous, and why everybody didn’t know about synthpop and spacesynth music.  Why did so many of the CD’s that he loved have to come from places like Sweden, Poland, and Russia?  Why couldn’t he go into Walmart and buy his CD’s?  Yes…it was a genuine mystery to him, and no matter how much I tried to explain the music industry in simple terms, he just couldn’t accept that his music was so unknown to the world.  He’d say things to me again and again, like, “Todd, I know I’m not a very smart man, but this music makes me happy.  So why doesn’t the rest of the world love it too?”

Randy Webb passed away a couple of days after Christmas, much to my surprise and the surprise of his wife and son. Nobody knows why he died…and if the family has since found out, I haven’t heard.  It was a shocker.  A couple of days before Christmas, he’d left a message on my cell phone, asking if I could download the newest Spacesynth Christmas mix for him because it would make his holiday’s brighter.  I didn’t get back to him, because I was in the middle of the crazy retail season where I work, and when I finally got time off on Christmas day, I spent it with my family.  I figured I could get to the download after the holidays, and he’d still love it.  Then, I got another message on my cell phone from his wife, saying that Randy had passed away, and she wanted me to know, since she was aware that he’d been waiting for something from me.  I felt horrible and didn’t believe it at first.  I called back, but nobody answered, so I left a message, asking if I’d heard her words correctly.  Guilt set in because I hadn’t returned Randy’s call, and I hadn’t downloaded his music request.  I couldn’t help but think that somehow, one of the last things on his mind was, “What is taking Todd so long? I want to hear that new music!”  How many times in the past had he called me to check-up and see if I was able to get a CD from some foreign land, or if I’d had a chance to download a request for him?  He had always been too excited to wait very long.  Now, his final music request from me would never be fulfilled, and I felt badly about it.

I’ll miss Randy, and I feel for his wife and son who have to make some adjustments in the coming weeks, months, and years.  I don’t know what any of you believe, but as for myself, I am a religious person with a great faith that this life is not a random, meaningless even.  This life is a part of a journey.  Despite any of our joys, sorrows, successes, or hardships, what ultimately matters is what we choose to do with what we’re given.  That’s the test.  Randy was a good man, and I believe that even though I didn’t get that last order shipped to him, he’s continuing his journey, and wherever he is now, I’m betting he’s finding some great music.  Heck…maybe he’s relieved not to have to use the dang, computer contraption to search, and he doesn’t need to call some guy’s cell phone to get it for him.  Maybe it’s all right there for him, and for every other music lover to enjoy at any moment? It gives me relief to think of Randy in a wonderful place with wonderful music, because he deserves it. Anyway, I wanted to share a little bit about Randy Webb, a true synthpop fan who is no longer with us.  Thanks Randy!

Have a great weekend everybody, and please know that I appreciate you.
-Todd

December 27, 2013

A Different Drum Update - December 27th, 2013

Filed under: Uncategorized — Todd @ 6:29 pm

Hello friends of A Different Drum!  I hope that you all enjoyed a great Christmas, and that you are looking forward to a fun, fulfilling new year for 2014!  It seems that 2013 passed in a flash.  A Different Drum continued to see some changes as the label’s focus turned entirely to limited edition VIP releases and the store continued to “downsize” to feature primarily boutique, independent synthpop releases that deserve a moment in the spotlight.  In my own life, my work focus has necessarily turned to my full-time job as a music and lifestyles department manager in an entertainment retailer, which has been a lot of fun.  I only have one day per week to focus on A Different Drum, which is why it continues to operate on a much smaller scale than it did in the past.  All the same, I very much appreciated the support of the few, dedicated fans and friends, like you, who continue to purchase music from time and time, or who subscribe to the VIP program for every limited edition release.  Thanks!

This update is brief, with one new release having arrived in the store during Christmas week:

ALAN LAURIS “Q3″ $12 — This new release from the Dutch synthpop act is full of bouncy, bubbly, catchy tunes and quirky personality.  Check out the preview video and order the CD here:
http://www.adifferentdrum.com/buy/AlanLQ3/Alan-Lauris-Q3

NOTE:  The pre-orders for the CD single by Isaac Junkie featuring Andy Bell still have not shipped, since I have not received the package from the label in Mexico yet.  I’m guessing the slow-down is because of the usual holiday delays.  I hope that they arrive soon so I can ship your pre-orders ASAP.

NEW EBAY AUCTIONS:

My daughter has just uploaded some new EBay auctions for you.  There are several package deals with t-shirts and CD’s.  Check them out here:

http://www.ebay.com/usr/adiffe

Click on “items for sale” to see of of the items that are offered, including another autographed Alphaville DVD.

Have a wonderful weekend, and an incredible new year!
-Todd

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