March 11, 2013

A Different Drum Update - March 11th, 2013

Filed under: Uncategorized — Todd @ 8:53 am

This is Todd at A Different Drum.  As promised, here is another update with several Russian imports.  Not all of the CD’s in this update are by Russian bands, but most are released in Russia, where synthpop appears to be setting up a stronghold.  The scene there and the sounds coming out of these Russian labels reminds me a lot of the Swedish synthpop movement in the 90’s.   Anyway…on with the new arrivals!


Fate Creator “Creator of Fate” $15 — This is one of the edgier sounding releases in this week’s update with strong, pounding beats and some guitar samples thrown in for a powerful sound.  Check out samples from the entire album and order the CD here :

WANT/ed “Never Will Take it Back / Start to Live” $8 — Those who are VIP subscribers with A Different Drum are familiar with this band, as they received the limited edition version of their recent album.  This is an extended single packed with seventeen tracks including nine versions of “Never Will Take it Back” and five version of “Start to Live”, plus other bonuses.  You can see the track list and order the CD here :

Spreading Point “Re-Start (Re-Mixed)” $15 — This CD is packed with remixes of songs from the band’s self-released CDR, “Re-Start” and it features a lot of classic synthpop sounds and catchy melodies.   You can listen to samples from the album and order the CD here :

Inter-Connection “Traces from Heaven” $15 — Again, if you are a VIP subscriber, then you know Inter-Connection well, having received two stellar albums as limited editions through the club.  You may be surprised to know that they have yet another album available as a Russian import CD.  Here it is, and it is every bit as good!  You can listen to a couple of entire songs and order the CD here :

Note:  It looks like there is a copy or two floating around of Inter-Connection’s amazing “Chrome” album here :

Dark Phenomenon “Favour” $15 — We have had the “Disfavour” album in stock at A Different Drum for a while now, and it has been well received by fans of classic synthpop.  Now you can pick up the “Favour” CD which features remixes from that album.  It is packed with seventeen tracks and you can order the remix collection here :

Dark Phenomenon “Disfavour” $15 — As mentioned, this album has been in stock for a while, but if you haven’t checked it out, you can watch a video and order the CD here :

Various Artists “We Love Synthpop - The Album” (2CD) $15 — Oh, the good old days when you could discover a pile of new synthpop bands by picking up a sampler.  Well, here you go!  This release features two CD’s of artists pulled from around the world, waiting for you to discover!  Check out the tracklist, loaded with plenty of newcomers, and order the 2CD here :

Jens Bader “Unisex” $16 — OK, away from the Russian imports, and back to Germany.  Jens Bader cranks out albums like an electronic pop madman, apparently writing songs in every spare minute.  Here is the newest album, once again loaded with his signature synthpop sound and snappy lyrical attitude.  Order the new CD here :

Thanks again for your ongoing support, and I hope you have a wonderful week!   If you’re interested in seeing some auctions of bulk CD lots that I’m putting together, you can check them out here :

I’ll be adding more as the week progresses.


March 4, 2013

A Different Drum Update - March 4th, 2013

Filed under: Uncategorized — Todd @ 10:44 pm

This is Todd at A Different Drum with an update for my synthpop friends.

Today’s update can be called “From Russia With Love, Part 1″.  The synthpop scene seems to be thriving in Russia these days, and today I have a few Russian imports for you.  There is another batch of Russian imports on the way, so I’ll send another update when those arrive.  These should get you started on the right foot…

Mental Discipline “Constellation” $18 — This a slamming futurepop release packed with energy and some of the most noteworthy vocalists in the scene, including contributions from Felix Marc, Pulcher Femina, Endanger, Spektralized, Culture Kultur, Distain, etc.  You can listen to an entire album preview and order this excellent import CD here :

Digital Machine “If You Are With Me” $15 — Digital Machine plays synthpop with Russian language vocals, and has been a consistent seller for A Different Drum the last few years. They are one of the main staples in the Russian synthpop scene.   You can order their newest CD right here :

Various Artists “Synth Radio Russians Collection” $15 — Here is a great way to explore the Russian synthpop underground!  You can pick up this compilation CD with bands like Digital Machine, Mental Discipline, Want/ed, Purple Fog Side, Limelight, and many others!  Order this top-notch sampler here :

Also, if you’re not a member of the VIP Club, but you want to check out another Russian band called WANTed, then I believe there is still a CD or two available on Amazon where it was listed when it was released to the subscribers.  You can see it here :

Here is another Russian band that plays some excellent synthpop music, released a couple of years back.  I don’t think you’ll get the VIP edition if you order from Amazon, but the original edition.  But I see it is listed , and I think it is definitely worth a listen:

And here is one more Russian artist that was released to VIP subscribers, but I see that Amazon has a copy on hand.  This guy plays a more mellow, hypnotic synth sound with a few instrumentals, and a couple of tracks featuring vocals from Brian Hazard of Color Theory.  Check it out :

Anyway, I hope that helps get you going with some Russian synthpop, and as I mentioned above, I’ll have more for you very soon!

February 22, 2013

A Different Drum Update - February 22nd, 2013

Filed under: Uncategorized — Todd @ 9:59 pm

Hello once again from the frozen lands of A Different Drum.  Yep, it’s still cold outside…at least where I live.  But hey, a little synthpop might warm things up.

There are a couple new arrivals that I’d like to mention, plus I’m trying to get some good deals into the store for you.  The discounts continue on EBay, though I haven’t had much time to list stuff the last couple of weeks…but I also want to get some great deals in the store as well, so I’ll mention those here.


Rename “Not Just a Dream” (promo CD single) $16 — Rename has released another extremely limited promo single, and I only have a few, so order quickly if you’d like one.  There are seven versions of the title track on this CDR limited to 100 copies and autographed by Marcus.  Order here if you want one :

TQ “Let’s Go to Tokyo” (MCD) $12 — This is a cool single packed with 8 versions of a very retro-flavored synthpop / Italo-disco flavored song by TQ.  You can watch the video to hear the song, and you can order the CD here :

Coming soon… New MESH CD single, “Born to Lie”.   I’ll have the recent single on import CD for the fans and collectors.  I’ll add it to the website store as soon as it finally arrives from Germany.


Here are two imports from Argentina which A Different Drum has had in the store before, but if you missed them, now you can get them for a great price!  I’m trying to work out deals for synthpop fans, and this is one you might enjoy.  Each of these is only $5 for an entire, import album.

Hopeless “Believe” $5 — Watch the video, check out their sound, and if you like it, pick up the album for only $5!  Order it here :

Hidden Place “Weather Station - Early Works” $5 — Get some vintage, unique electronic pop music as re-issued and imported from Argentina, for only $5!  Listen to a track and order the CD here :


As usual, you can check out ongoing auctions here .  There isn’t much right now, but I’ll try to keep adding some good offers:


If you are a fan of the excellent band SYRIAN who have worked for many years with A Different Drum, then you’ll be happy to check out their digital single.  It is very much in the same sound as their “De-Synchronized” album and very catch:

Thanks for your support, and I hope you have a wonderful weekend!


January 31, 2013

A Different Drum Update - January 31st, 2013

Filed under: Uncategorized — Todd @ 1:23 pm

Hello from A Different Drum!  I hope that you are all having a great week.  There are a couple new items that have arrived in the store, so here’s a little update for you…


The Azoic “Corruption” (CDEP) $11 — It is time for some new music from the popular synthpop / industrial dance act, The Azoic.  This 12-track CD is packed with six remixes of the title track, plus plenty of extras.  You can watch a video for “Corruption” and order the new CD here :

Lakeside X “City of Red Lights” $20 — I’ve always enjoyed the mood and music of Lakeside X (known originally as Lakeside Church).  I’m excited for this new album, which includes a bonus disc with that original first album so you can have the first and the latest together.   You can listen to some music and order the CD here :


For the VIP subscribers reading this update, the current plan is to ship another 2 CD’s together, which will include the compilation “What We’ve Done Lately” which features new songs and remixes from classic A Different Drum label artists, plus the compilation CD “A Different Mix 8″ featuring remixes from Syrian.  Those packages should leave in a couple of weeks.  We’re already preparing the next releases for you as well, which will include a unique US mixed edition of a Foretaste album, renamed to “American Terrorist TV Show” plus a new release from the Australian act, Alien Skin.  We’ve also got a planned release of greatest collaboration tracks from Isaac Junkie which features vocal appearances by several synthpop singers from around the world.  You’ll love these limited edition releases!

Thanks for your support.  Once again, if you’re interested in seeing some EBay auctions, check out the pile of current listings right here :

Scroll to the bottom of the page and click the link which says “view all listings”.


Be sure to check out the EBay deal for a huge, 70-CD box lot including albums, singles, compilations, limited editions, etc.  Just having fun with this one :

Have a great day, and thanks for your support!

January 17, 2013

A Different Drum Update - January 17th, 2013

Filed under: Uncategorized — Todd @ 8:49 pm

This is Todd at A Different Drum, and I wish you a very happy new year!  Things have been quiet here, bringing in the new year with a lot of obligations outside of my music interests.  I wish I had more time to dedicated to A Different Drum, like I did years ago, but alas, at least I still have a little piece of this dream to keep me going.  I received a fun new release this week, so I thought I’d send out this message to let you know about it.


Galaxy Hunter “Quantum of Galaxy” $18 — Galaxy Hunter is a band that has been stocked in A Different Drum’s store for several years.  The main man in charge plays a very retro sound, influenced heavily by Euro disco and spacesynth.  Sometimes he leans on the instrumental side of the spectrum, while other times he pulls in a lovely female vocalist to sing along.  This new album does features some tunes with the vocalist and you can listen to one of the songs here, and then order the CD if you’d like :

I’m sorry there aren’t more new releases for you right now.  Of course, there is always new music out there, and many places to turn as you explore.  I’ll try to keep bringing in some of the hard-to-find independent releases a few at a time, and I’ll continue to focus on bringing unique CD releases to the VIP subscribers who have signed up to receive them.

Once again, I have a few items listed on EBay. Some of them are the same as before, but maybe you’ll find something worth picking up at a great price.  I also have a couple of boxes of DVD cases that I don’t need, in case you’d like some.  I’ll toss a couple of synthpop CD’s in the boxes of the winners if you should pick up those DVD cases, just to make it something of a bonus surprise.

You can see those auctions here :

Thanks for your support, and I hope to be in touch again soon :-)

December 20, 2012

A Different Drum Update - December 20th, 2012

Filed under: Uncategorized — Todd @ 9:24 am

Hello friends of A Different Drum!   This will probably be my last update until after the holidays…so Merry Christmas!

There are a couple new releases in the store to wrap up 2012.  Again, with the focus on new bands and CD’s that are a bit harder to find, let’s check out the new arrivals…

Florence Foster Fan Club “Asymmetric” $18 — Imported from Brazil, this is the 2nd CD that A Different Drum has carried by Florence Foster Fan Club, a minimal synthpop act with a hypnotic, yet memorable sound.  I think you’ll like what you hear on the sample I’ve posted on the website.  You can hear them and order the CD here :

Legend “Fearless” $16 — Imported from Canada, you’ll quickly hear why there is a lot of buzz about this new darkwave, synthpop act.  Watch the video that I’ve linked on the website and see what you think.   You can order the CD here :

Remember, I’ve also got the new Eloquent CD in stock and available for order here :

A little update for the VIP Subscribers:

All of the VIP members in the USA have received their Inter-Connection “Life” CD’s already.  The overseas subscribers will received a package with 2 CD’s, including the Inter-Connection and also the new Munich Syndrome CD, which will begin shipped this weekend.   The planned “A Different Mix 8″ CD with Syrian remixes is going to be a bit late, since the band can’t master the CD until the holiday break, due to work schedules, but it will come out ASAP.  Also, the cool “What We’ve Done Lately” compilation featuring new tracks by several bands who have been released on A Different Drum’s label through the years…it is now in mastering and will also be coming out in January.  It features songs from B! Machine, Fantazja, Neuropa, Somegirl, Neuroactive, Rename, and more!   Also, Alien Skin is wrapping up a VIP CD release for us, and we’ve got a couple of new artists also lined up for early 2012 and an exclusive USA edition of an out-of-print album by the French act, Foretaste.   That let’s you know what is expected for the VIP’s.

Thanks for your support!

December 6, 2012

A Different Drum Update - December 6th, 2012

Filed under: Uncategorized — Todd @ 10:46 pm

Hello friends!  This is Todd at A Different Drum.   I wanted to let you know about some new releases that are in the store now, just in time for the holidays.


Eloquent “Party Favours” $12 — The new album from Eloquent is available for order now, and if features 17 new tracks!  You can watch a video and listen to a couple of the complete album tracks, and order the CD here :

Neuton Mouse “Dogmatica” $16 — Fans of spacesynth music, get ready for some new tunes!  This is one of two new releases from Spacesound Records which just arrived.  Fun, synthpoppy instrumental tunes to keep your fingers snapping!  Check out the album sampler and order the CD here :

Synthesis “Galaxy Fighters” $16 — After years of silence, Synthesis is back with new spacesynth music that is true to the genre, built around retro sounds with futuristic themes.  You can listen to an album sampler and order the CD here :

There are also some new EBAY listings that may interest you.  VERY COOL– I just listed a few out-of-print CD’s including some limited edition double-discs, plus some long out-of-print singles from A Different Drum’s label.   If you have holes to fill in your collection, or you’re a big fan, you may want to jump on these auctions.

You can see the auctions by going here :

There are CD’s by Iris, De/Vision, Neuropa, B! Machine, etc. plus a couple of the hard-to-find “Synthpop Club Anthems” volumes.

Thanks for your support!

November 20, 2012

A Different Drum Update - Nov. 20th, 2012 - Sale

Filed under: Uncategorized — Todd @ 10:52 am

Hello friends of A Different Drum!  I hope you’re having a great week, and that you’re excited about the upcoming holidays.

Though there are a couple of fun, new releases coming soon, I don’t have any to tell you about at the moment.  But I wanted to have a sale heading into the holidays so that you can pick up some of the CD’s you’ve been wanting at a lower price.   So, all CD’s in the online catalog are now on sale for 20% off.  That only excludes the most recently arrived items, which are few (so most CD’s are on sale).  You’ll see the discount applied when you go through the checkout process.

You can shop the entire catalog by going here :

Also, the EBay auctions continue for those who like to bid on cheap CD’s.  There are not many at the moment, but I hope to get more listed later this week.  See those auctions here :

For those of you who are VIP subscribers, you’ll be happy to know that the Inter-Connection “Life” CD is shipping very soon (hoping to get them out this weekend) and that the new “Robotika” album by Munich Syndrome is headed to the factory and should ship in 2-3 weeks.  If you’re not a subscriber, then feel free to email me about joining as there are a couple of spots currently available.

Thanks for our support!

November 7, 2012

A Different Drum Update - November 7th, 2012

Filed under: Uncategorized — Todd @ 9:38 am

Hello, this is Todd at A Different Drum.  It is time to send out a little update with a spotlight CD release for you.  I just got in a new import CD from France which I think you might enjoy…

Happiness Project “9th Heaven” $18 — This polished synthpop act is happy to present their debut album, and you can watch a couple of their videos to check out their sound and then order the CD from here :

There are some other cool imports and independent releases that I’ll be bringing into the store before the end of the year.  As you can tell, I’m bringing fewer titles into A Different Drum’s store, trying to focus on some of the releases that are otherwise harder to come by, or that might slip past the notice of synthpop fans.  Since I have another full-time job which takes most of my time, my focus with this business has narrowed to the goal of helping the CD collectors to build a fun collection of physical CD releases that they can treasure, as I very much treasure my own CD collection.  Those who have subscribed to the VIP program know that I’ve tried to keep the physical format alive with limited edition releases by new bands and old favorites that otherwise might not have seen the light of day on CD.  I find those efforts manageable (as far as my time restraints go) and very rewarding, as both the collectors and the bands themselves have been grateful to hold a representation of their work in their hands.

If you’re interested in joining the VIP program as a subscriber, just email me at   There are currently a few spots available.

In the meantime, I continue to list clearance CD’s and other products on EBay as a way to pass along some great deals to those who want them.  Right now you can pick up the few remaining Midnight Resistance t-shirts which are all listed in my EBay store, as well as a nice 25-CD box of old label favorites.   You can see my EBay auctions here :

Those auctions will continue in coming weeks with new offers and great deals.

Thanks for your support!  Many of you have become long-time friends over the years, and it is a pleasure interacting with you as we share our love of music.


October 15, 2012

A Different Drum Update - October 15th, 2012

Filed under: Uncategorized — Todd @ 9:48 pm

Hello friends of A Different Drum!  It’s time for another quick update.

First of all, to the VIP subscribers…the 2CD shipment has been sent to all subscribers which includes both excellent albums by WANTed and Supercraft!  If you have not received yours yet, then watch your mailbox because it will arrive any moment.   I think you’ll be very pleased with these top-notch releases.

If you are not a VIP subscriber, and you want exclusive monthly CD releases shipped to you automatically, then email me and let me know.  I currently have a couple of openings for new subscribers available.


PROVISION “A New Revolution” $12 — The new album by Provision is here!  These guys have been one of the most popular bands in the USA synthpop underground for years now, with several albums under their belt.  You won’t be disappointed by the latest, which you can order here :

EBAY auctions continue…

The first large batch of CD auctions on EBay has completed, which included some used, out-of-print items along with some clearance CD’s that were new and still in shrinkwrap.  The auctions continue now, and I’ll keep updating the listings with more CD’s.  There are currently a couple of 10-packs if you want 10 copies of an album to give away at parties or whatever.  Plus, I’ll soon be listing some clearance t-shirts.

You can check the ongoing EBAY clearance auctions by going to my link right here :

Or I believe this link will show you ALL of the current auctions in one shot:

I hope you have a wonderful week.  Thanks for helping me keep this small piece of the independent music world alive through your support.

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