Merry Typewriter Christmas

With wrapping paper crumpled by tree skirts without care it seems that Christmas day is already here. While today’s apparel in Boston brings shorts and T’s, we hope no matter the weather that you have fun and do as you please.


We’re ramping up for a fun 2016, with a Kickstarter in the works to make a real record of sorts and shows shaping up both near and far (today’s weather makes me warier for how it may be in Maine during February), we bring you this piece of festive holiday cheer that we worked up for Chandler Travis’ Holiday Extravaganza that raised over $14,000 for the homeless (and that was just the Boston show). Feed the world, or at least enjoy some holiday goose.

LEGEN (wait for it… visit NH… ok now we’re back) DARY

Our practice space is in East Boston. We gather there weekly to see what magic the typewriters can make us conjure from them. It’s Jay’s place and he grew up in the neighborhood with Richie. While initial dreams were only the hope to play a single public performance, things have obviously lived far beyond those aspirations. Now there’s a new book from Eastie native and Rutgers journalism professor Dr. Regina Marchi, Legen-

Sol Lewitt at Currier Museum of Art, Manchester NH

Sol Lewitt at Currier Museum of Art, Manchester NH

-dary Locals of East Boston. Among profiles of JFK’s dad and governors John Winthrop and John Bates, and the world’s first female clipper ship navigator Mary Patten, women’s suffrage activist Judith Winsor Smith, and the first Civil War nurse Armeda Gibbs is the Boston Typewriter Orchestra. How do you like that?

Curr(ier)ying Favor

So weird thing is when we play outside of our fine home state, people actually seem to come out to see us play and actually enjoy us. So much so that sometimes they ask us to come back. New Hampshire is getting an encore performance as the Currier Museum in Manchester has given us a curtain call. We’ll be back playing the Currier After Hours on September 3, with 2 sets nestled between somewhere 6 and 9 pm.


September 3, 2105 6-9pm
Currier After Hours
Currier Museum of Art
150 Ash St, Manchester, NH

Library Science

When we were first contacted by the library, we had stars in our eyes about getting the chance to play for some Hollywood elite. However, upon confirming we found out that this gig was happening in Beverly, not Beverly Hills. After doing a quick check to make sure it wasn’t a sting operation to get the late fees on those reference books that fill Brendan’s bookcase, we figured, what a better way to spend a Monday than to celebrate typewriters.IMG_0635
On Monday May 4, the Boston Typewriter Orchestra will be playing the closing reception for The Typewriter Project, an exhibit presenting the typewriter in all its glory presented by the Beverly Cultural Council.

Monday, May 4, 2015
The Typewriter Project
Beverly Public Library 5pm
32 Essex Street
Beverly, MA 01915

Keys to Building


Click, Clack, Ding. That’s the title that’s being given to our upcoming performance on February 22, 2015 at the Boston Society of Architects. They are in the midst of a giant effort called StereoType and figured what better band to represent the power of the font than BTO. Assuming you can get to their home near South Station and the city isn’t entirely shut down until Red Sox Opening Day in April, we’re playing a free show that’s set to start at 2pm. Make a day of it, see us and then try to walk to the North End for some cannolis; make a game of trying to stay on the sidewalks and not be hit by plows.

Doodle All the Day

So we were on Google’s Doodle a few weeks back, now that we’re given them space, we’re showing off the process. We recorded this track with 6 of us mashing away at keys. To make it more “jazzy” Alex had a friend add a trombone track. The final result was us behind a piano track that Google found someone to throw on top of us. Choose for yourself.

Hyping Langston is the News

Happy 113rd Birthday Langston Hughes! Amazingly enough, we have been asked by the Google Corporation to help celebrate the greatest poet of the Harlem Renaissance by providing a soundtrack to a Doodle on their website commemorating the date.

We’ll be posting our unadorned backing track later this week, as well as an alternate version with trombone rather than the piano version that is used here. But since that’s not around to link to just yet, we’ll toss this in your inbox: typist Jeff’s first Most Bitter album actually kicked off with an adaptation of Hughes’ poem “Sunset in Dixie.”

Words on Paper

Without pushbrooms or anything else to clear jammed keys, our esteemed typist Brendan recently spoke with the Boston Globe West (It’s like the Boston Globe but only gets sent out once a week to people who live too far from the city to commute regularly) and found a succinct summation of our proper place in the pop culture pantheon: “It’s like ‘STOMP’ meets ‘The Office.’”


In other literary news, the BTO is scheduled to make an appearance in The Typewriter Revolution: A 21st-Century Typist’s Companion, a book by Richard Polt due this fall from Countryman Press.

It’s a New Year

Welcome to 2015. The Year of the BTO Machine.


Last year we continued our museum and library tour throughout New England with stops in Lexington, MA, Providence, RI, Boston Univ., Brandeis Univ., and Manchester, NH. Never mind the wild weekend with “And I AM Not Lying…” with shows in NYC and Washington DC, with an all-too-memorable stopover at the Howard Johnson at Newark Airport.

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For anyone anticipating our triple album, Workstation To Workstation, like the second Avalanches record, sometimes life happens, at least we’re getting there. We’re seeking mad scientists to help with recording to create the maximum effect for our audience.

Sometime soon, we’ll deliver:

Break Time
Harold, Step Into My Office
Butterfly Bit
Floating Holiday
Angry Factory
Autographed Picture Of The Boss’ Wife
Savvy Peanut
Accounting Sally

…and a few others that will spring from Alex’s need to pound on a typewriter as the best release there is.

Please Stay Tuned.

How Was Your Weekend? Tour Report


A full work day in the city for the Boston Typewriter Orchestra meant that we got to New York City just in time for a midnight performance at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theater. Alumni/emeritus member Jim bussed in from Jersey City to fill the depleted ranks as only Jay, Brendan, and Jeff were able to truly represent Boston on this weekend. We kicked off the performance to a haggard crowd of city dwellers and kept on-stage Yankee sniping to a minimum. A night at the Newark HoJos would have been better spent sleeping off a drunken stupor in the UCB’s walk-in.


With Jim regaling us of tales from beyond the typing pool in the wild world of liquor distribution (we’re too greedy to share, being far more inclined to mere liquor consumption), we sped off down the Jersey Turnpike in the morning heading for our nation’s capitol.


Outside the Black Cat, we met up with Jeff Simmermon, the force that pried us away from New England for this weekend. These shows (titled And I Am Not Lying) were a whole night’s entertainment in one crazy swoop, with comedians, burlesque dancers, a boylesque dancer, and Simmermon as an officiant, comedian, and raconteur all in one. The Black Cat is DC’s finest den of iniquity, and stepping into the room to load in a bunch of typewriters it seemed like a mighty daunting space to fill.


With seating and tables added to the room, and some of the best sound men on the case, not only did the four of us sound like a whole orchestra of typewriters, but even we were able to hear it with monitors bringing the thump-thwack at us just as hard. With a deadline to return for back in Boston, we made a quick departure after the show concluded. The overnight livery service proved just reliable enough to make it home without catastrophe.



Friday March 14, 2014
And I Am Not Lying, midnight
Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre, East Village NYC

Saturday March 15, 2014
And I Am Not Lying, 9pm
Black Cat, Washington, DC