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Help the Boston Typewriter Orchestra release its latest EP "Termination Without Prejudice" on vinyl for all the audiophiles out there.
Help the Boston Typewriter Orchestra release its latest EP "Termination Without Prejudice" on vinyl for all the audiophiles out there.
Help the Boston Typewriter Orchestra release its latest EP "Termination Without Prejudice" on vinyl for all the audiophiles out there.
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Boston Typewriter Orchestra's New Album

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We Made It:

Looks like we're making vinyl. Get psyched everyone. 

It's Cyber Monday so why don't we announce some new formats? BTO is pleased to announce we will be printing "Termination Without Prejudice" on Edison Cylinder and cassette. If you wish to add either to your purchase, feel free to change your pledge. Otherwise, start clicking.

$1000 Update:

We're pleased to announced that renowned artist Brian Dewan will be doing the cover for "Termination Without Prejudice." No doubt you know Brian's work as you've likely already got copies of They Might Be Giant's "Lincoln" and Neutral Milk Hotel's "In The Aeroplane Over The Sea." Yeah, the guy behind those album covers. It's a match made in heaven.

Some of Brian's other album art.
Some of Brian's other album art.

Now back to the original pitch:

Everything old is new again.  

The Boston Typewriter Orchestra has been delighting audiences and warping minds since 2005. We've shared the stage with loads of people from Amanda Palmer to NPR's Martha Barnette. We've played type-ins, noise festivals, corporate events, even at the Upright Citizen's Bridgade Theatre. Radio loves us too, stations like The BBC, NPR, and WFMU. Television? You bet: The Today Show, and America's Got Talent. We scored a Google Doodle; and made bumpers for the Beyond Yacht Rock podcast. We're even featured in the new documentary "California Typewriter."

One thing is missing in our résumé, though, and that's some vinyl. And since our new EP, "Termination Without Prejudice," is ready to go, why not do it today?

We sometimes play with our feet.
We sometimes play with our feet.

Spin the black circle.

Vinyl is a many-splendored thing. It really and truly does sound better than other audio formats. Way better than the Edison cylinder and MiniDisc to name two. The jacket allows for a massive canvas, not just for the artist doing the artwork but for you to, uh, paint on it yourself if you wish. And you can stuff it in your bicycle spokes to make it sound like a motorcycle. The list is neverending.

It's time to put the awesome sound of the Boston Typewriter Orchestra on vinyl. Have we mentioned  we've got a new EP ready to go? We have? Sorry, we're repeating ourselves. Anyway, if you haven't heard us before, here's one of our classics. This one's called "My Sister's Sheets."

We also have some vocal numbers, too, like "The Revolution Will Be Typewritten."

The new EP is gonna be a banger. Let's give it a nice warm vinyl home.

Eye tunes.

You want to know what's going to be on the new EP? All right then.

Typewriter on deck.
Typewriter on deck.

 

First there's "Harold," which features Alex Holman on lead vocals and lead roller bar. Originally an attempt at dubstep (no, really), it's like the strangest talking to from the boss that you've ever had.

Then there's "Angry Factory." It's angry. It sounds like a factory. We think it would give Ministry a run for it's money.

"Floating Holiday" is up next, and it's a lively number built around a calypso beat. When we wrote this one half of the band thought we were channeling Herbie Hancock's "Chameleon," and the other other half felt it was more of a Rush's "YYZ" vibe.

And finally, "Break Time" rounds out the set. It's a duet by Jay O'Grady and Jeff Breeze. You might recognize Jeff's voice on Big Star's "Complete Columbia" album. And Jay, in some ways, is the BTO's lead singer. Here's an oldie with O'Grady on the mic:

Company fundraiser.

Customer satisfaction is our motto at the BTO. And therefore we have heard your cries and have decided to give the people what they want. For this Kickstarter, we're offering not just vinyl. Feast your eyes on these goodies:

  • DOWNLOAD. Lossless MP3s of our EP that will sound just ducky on your Zune or Pono.
  • CORPORATE NEWSLETTER. Laugh and cry while reading all about the boss's wife's charities in our corporate newsletter.
  • POSTER. Scare your co-workers and liven up your cubicle with a Skullwriter poster.
Skullwriter, Skullwriter on the wall, who's the baddest of them all?
Skullwriter, Skullwriter on the wall, who's the baddest of them all?
  • T-SHIRT. Cover up those spaghetti arms and look like someone who means business in a Skullwriter tee.
  • COFFEE TABLE BOOK. Jeff Breeze is our Walker Evans of the band. And he's been taking some amazing shots of feral typewriters around the world. No, really, check out our Instagram to see them. Get his "Typewriters In the Wild" coffee table book to liven up your waiting room.
Some of Jeff's stunning work.
Some of Jeff's stunning work.
  • DINNER WITH THE BAND. Think you can eat the BTO under the table? We'd like to see you try. Join us for pizza at Santarpio's in East Boston.
  • TYPEWRITER. We've got more than we know what to do with, so why not buy one from the BTO? We'll even autograph it to give it that extra added value.
Take our typewriters .... please. The time clock and refrigerator are staying.
Take our typewriters .... please. The time clock and refrigerator are staying.
  • JINGLE. Think your ad needs some more attack? Let us provide the click and clack.
  • LIVE SHOW. We're lowering our usual performance rate just for this Kickstarter! Let us do what we do best. We will do our award-winning show* for your next corporate event, wedding, bar mitzvah, you name it.

    *Award to be named later.

Risks and challenges

The Boston Typewriter Orchestra is made of musical veterans with over 150 years combined experience in the field. Basically, we know our stuff. And unlike all these upstarts whose technology is tethered to a massive digital network, we're working on machines that are older than your parents and we're trying to make vinyl that could be played on that old crank Victrola gathering dust in your grandparents attic.

tl;dr: we foresee no problems.

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    EDISON CYLINDER

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    CORPORATE NEWSLETTER & VINYL

    The Boston Typewriter Orchestra will let you in on all of the company secrets when we send you a copy of the corporate newsletter, that contains all of the news and gossip, sports and events, puzzles and entertainment coverage that we only ever banter about between songs. And horoscopes.
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    T-SHIRT, POSTER, NEWSLETTER & VINYL

    Can't decide just which premium you really want? Well, truth be told you can add on later if you want, but if you know that you're looking to sport Boston Typewriter Orchestra swag on your body, wall, and magazine rack, just go for it and get the entire kit and kaboodle.
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    COFFEE TABLE BOOK & VINYL

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    Join the Boston Typewriter Orchestra for pizza at Santarpio's in East Boston before (or in lieu of) our practice on a Wednesday night. Backers must be able to get themselves to East Boston and will also receive a copy of "Termination Without Prejudice" on vinyl that they may be able to get autographed during dinner if they remember to bring their own Sharpie. Digital download included.

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    TYPEWRITER

    Get one of our untouched/slightly used/completely destroyed typewriters from The Boston Typewriter Orchestra's arsenal.
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    The Boston Typewriter Orchestra will do an hour long show at the location of your choosing. New England/New York/New Jersey area only.
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