The Enclosed Instruction Book

The Enclosed Instruction Book A DC-area radio show which spotlights independent artists and musicians, hosted by Martin Bonica. http://theenclosedinstructionbook.libsyn.com/

Hey all, did you see that the podcast is back?  Martin talks DIY songwriting and music biz with The Rightly So: http://t...
04/20/2018
The Enclosed Instruction Book: 401 - The Rightly So

Hey all, did you see that the podcast is back? Martin talks DIY songwriting and music biz with The Rightly So: http://theenclosedinstructionbook.libsyn.com/401-the-rightly-so

We speak to Jess and Gregory of The Rightly So, a Buffalo-based acoustic duo finishing up a months-long tour of the United States. Topics include organizing and undertaking a DIY tour, songwriting, making connections, and structuring setlists to make a good first impression, as well as The Rightly S...

The podcast is back for a winter-recess chat amongst friends.  This time it's about the evolution of the music industry ...
01/10/2018
The Enclosed Instruction Book: 317 - Discussions: How We Consume Music

The podcast is back for a winter-recess chat amongst friends. This time it's about the evolution of the music industry and our listening habits over the past two decades. Featuring Dylan Hares, occasional guest and cohost, and Hannah Landsberger, past cohost and (inconsistent) social media manager.

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A conversation between Martin and co-hosts Hannah Landsberger and Dylan Hares about how the way we consume music over the past twenty years has changed, and how that has affected the way the music industry works. Topics discussed include distribution platforms, means of revenue generation, the growi...

The podcast has fancy new logo and a recommendation for you: go see We Found The Wild Things by Who What Where Theater C...
07/10/2017
The Enclosed Instruction Book: 307 - Rebecca Wahls

The podcast has fancy new logo and a recommendation for you: go see We Found The Wild Things by Who What Where Theater Collective, currently running at DC Arts Center! Then listen to co-founder Rebecca Wahls on the pod: http://theenclosedinstructionbook.libsyn.com/307-rebecca-wahls

This week we spoke to theatre artist Rebecca Wahls, a director in the DC area who most recently directed Dark Times at Grimesville High as part of the 2016 Capitol Fringe Festival. We discussed her upcoming effort We Found the Wild Things, the debut production from the Who What Where…

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07/10/2017

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07/10/2017

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This week on the podcast, our old friend Jimmy of Redephant joins Martin to talk music, gear, and self producing http://...
07/06/2017
The Enclosed Instruction Book: 309 - Redephant (and gear talk)

This week on the podcast, our old friend Jimmy of Redephant joins Martin to talk music, gear, and self producing http://theenclosedinstructionbook.libsyn.com/309-redephant-and-gear-talk

This week, we're joined by Jimmy Romero, a prolific DIY artist from Sterling, frontman of solo projects Redephant and Broken Cartridge and member of bands Cazador and SCARY MERCEDES. We discussed recording equipment, the effect of using different tools on the artistic process, our experiences self-p...

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06/22/2017
The Enclosed Instruction Book: 308 - Milo In The Doldrums

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This week we met up with indie rock band Milo In The Doldrums at their Fairfax City rehearsal space, and discussed their studio work, history and shifting lineups, the importance of fast-paced recording and releases, lessons learned from working at music venues, the decision-making process behind re...

The Enclosed Instruction Book goes classical!  Catch up on Monday's commute: http://theenclosedinstructionbook.libsyn.co...
06/04/2017
The Enclosed Instruction Book: 306 - Jason Thompson

The Enclosed Instruction Book goes classical! Catch up on Monday's commute: http://theenclosedinstructionbook.libsyn.com/306-jason-thompson

This week we spoke with Jason Thompson, a double bass player currently playing in the Colorado Springs Philharmonic. We discussed the business aspects of working as a classical musician, including freelancing, auditioning, and moving from orchestra to orchestra, as well as logistical challenges of r...

Your social media manager has been falling down on the job!  Have you heard the new episode featuring Jason Thompson yet...
06/02/2017
The Enclosed Instruction Book: 306 - Jason Thompson

Your social media manager has been falling down on the job! Have you heard the new episode featuring Jason Thompson yet? http://theenclosedinstructionbook.libsyn.com/306-jason-thompson

This week we spoke with Jason Thompson, a double bass player currently playing in the Colorado Springs Philharmonic. We discussed the business aspects of working as a classical musician, including freelancing, auditioning, and moving from orchestra to orchestra, as well as logistical challenges of r...

05/15/2017

Have you heard the latest podcast with Melanie Shark? The conversation goes from songwriting to recording to music business. It's a good one!

Have you subscribed to The Enclosed Instruction Book?  You can find us on Apple podcasts, TuneIn, and Googleplay!  Lots ...
05/12/2017
The Enclosed Instruction Book

Have you subscribed to The Enclosed Instruction Book? You can find us on Apple podcasts, TuneIn, and Googleplay! Lots of links on our newly designed homepage: http://theenclosedinstructionbook.libsyn.com

The Enclosed Instruction Book is a podcast hosted by Martin Bonica which spotlights independent artists and musicians, primarily in the DC metro area.

There's a new episode in your feed!  Featuring the wonderful Melanie Shark http://theenclosedinstructionbook.libsyn.com/...
05/12/2017
The Enclosed Instruction Book: 305 - Melanie Shark

There's a new episode in your feed! Featuring the wonderful Melanie Shark http://theenclosedinstructionbook.libsyn.com/305-melanie-shark

This week we spoke to Melanie Shark, a DC-area singer-songwriter who also records, produces, and distributes her own material both as a solo artist and a member of the duo Paradeux. We discussed her approach to songwriting, arranging, and DIY recording, as well as music distribution and ways to mone...

Have you listened to the new episode yet? The pod takes a trip to Richmond and features Comaboo, Pain Points, and Brett ...
04/13/2017
The Enclosed Instruction Book: 303 - Comaboo/Pain Points (and Brett)

Have you listened to the new episode yet? The pod takes a trip to Richmond and features Comaboo, Pain Points, and Brett Berman's many musical projects http://theenclosedinstructionbook.libsyn.com/302-comaboopain-points-and-brett

For this week's episode, we travel to Richmond, VA to meet returning guest Devon Jones and longtime collaborator first-time guest Brett Berman. We discuss playing and recording in Richmond, ways to focus on creative work, shifting between different genres, personal motivations behind songs, and Bret...

Don't forget to listen to Martin's conversation with visual artist Alison Kurtz!  There will be a new episode up this ti...
04/05/2017
The Enclosed Instruction Book: 302 - Alison Kurtz

Don't forget to listen to Martin's conversation with visual artist Alison Kurtz! There will be a new episode up this time next week.http://theenclosedinstructionbook.libsyn.com/302-alison-kurtz

This week's episode features Loudoun County artist Alison Kurtz, the featured artist this March at King Street Coffee in Leesburg. She discusses the evolving arts community in western Northern Virginia, the challenges faced by professional painters, the divide between the visual and musical art...

A new episode of the pod is waiting for you in your subscription feed!  Featuring the excellent artist Alison Kurtz http...
03/30/2017
The Enclosed Instruction Book: 302 - Alison Kurtz

A new episode of the pod is waiting for you in your subscription feed! Featuring the excellent artist Alison Kurtz http://theenclosedinstructionbook.libsyn.com/302-alison-kurtz

This week's episode features Loudoun County artist Alison Kurtz, the featured artist this March at King Street Coffee in Leesburg. She discusses the evolving arts community in western Northern Virginia, the challenges faced by professional painters, the divide between the visual and musical art...

Episode 2 is here!  The Enclosed Instruction Book has is expanding to include all sorts of artists this season, and it w...
03/30/2017
The Enclosed Instruction Book: 302 - Alison Kurtz

Episode 2 is here! The Enclosed Instruction Book has is expanding to include all sorts of artists this season, and it was great to talk to visual artist Alison Kurtz this week. http://theenclosedinstructionbook.libsyn.com/302-alison-kurtz

This week's episode features Loudoun County artist Alison Kurtz, the featured artist this March at King Street Coffee in Leesburg. She discusses the evolving arts community in western Northern Virginia, the challenges faced by professional painters, the divide between the visual and musical art...

We'll be back with a new episode next week (Wednesday to be exact).  In the meantime, why not take last week's episode w...
03/24/2017
The Enclosed Instruction Book: 301 - Woodgrove

We'll be back with a new episode next week (Wednesday to be exact). In the meantime, why not take last week's episode with you on your Friday commute? http://theenclosedinstructionbook.libsyn.com/301-woodgrove

This week's episode features Jared Hall of the self-styled "Paxil Pop" music project Woodgrove, ouwoodgrove.bandcamp.comt of Western Loudoun. Jared discusses the transition from his previous group, Atoka Chase, as well as his creative process as a solo artist, challenges he faces working in Loudoun,...

Season 3 of the Enclosed Instruction Book is in full swing!  Make sure you don't miss the first episode with woodgrove h...
03/21/2017
The Enclosed Instruction Book: 301 - Woodgrove

Season 3 of the Enclosed Instruction Book is in full swing! Make sure you don't miss the first episode with woodgrove http://theenclosedinstructionbook.libsyn.com/301-woodgrove

This week's episode features Jared Hall of the self-styled "Paxil Pop" music project Woodgrove, ouwoodgrove.bandcamp.comt of Western Loudoun. Jared discusses the transition from his previous group, Atoka Chase, as well as his creative process as a solo artist, challenges he faces working in Loudoun,...

Surprise everyone-- The Enclosed Instruction book is back!  Check out the first episode of a new season featuring woodgr...
03/15/2017
The Enclosed Instruction Book: 301 - Woodgrove

Surprise everyone-- The Enclosed Instruction book is back! Check out the first episode of a new season featuring woodgrove! http://theenclosedinstructionbook.libsyn.com/301-woodgrove

This week's episode features Jared Hall of the self-styled "Paxil Pop" music project Woodgrove, ouwoodgrove.bandcamp.comt of Western Loudoun. Jared discusses the transition from his previous group, Atoka Chase, as well as his creative process as a solo artist, challenges he faces working in Loudoun,...

A new episode of the new podcast from Hannah Landsberger and I, D.C. Music Download's Know Your Scene, is out now! This ...
06/03/2016
Know Your Scene: Breaking Down Barriers Between the D.C. and Northern Virginia Music Scenes |...

A new episode of the new podcast from Hannah Landsberger and I, D.C. Music Download's Know Your Scene, is out now! This time we talk about the barriers between the DC and NoVA musical communities; joining us are Dan Abh and Rachel Kline of Flowerbomb, and Alex Tebeleff of Paperhaus.

Welcome back to another episode of Know Your Scene, a brand new podcast from D.C. Music Download where we talk about current events and issues that impact the local music scene. This show discusses a looming question that has existed for as long as the river that divides these two areas: why does th...

Another new episode of Know Your Scene! In this episode we meet Danielle of Shark Week and Jules of Den-Mate to talk abo...
05/12/2016
Know Your Scene Podcast: How Can The D.C. Music Scene Be More Inclusive of Women? Part 2 | D.C....

Another new episode of Know Your Scene! In this episode we meet Danielle of Shark Week and Jules of Den-Mate to talk about issues affecting women in the DC music scene.

Last week, we premiered our latest project called Know Your Scene, a new podcast focusing on issues and current events in the music scene. Today we're rolling out the last part of our two-part special that spotlights women in music and how the scene can be more inclusive. For this episode, we spoke…

My post-TEIB podcast project has now officially launched; I'm thrilled to be working with Hannah Landsberger on D.C. Mus...
05/05/2016
Know Your Scene Podcast: A Conversation About DC Women In Music, Inclusion and Sexism in the...

My post-TEIB podcast project has now officially launched; I'm thrilled to be working with Hannah Landsberger on D.C. Music Download's Know Your Scene, a podcast about issues affecting the musical community in and around DC. Our first episode brings us together with three amazing women who work hard behind the scenes to make great shows happen in DC. Check it out!

D.C. Music Download is proud to present our latest project, Know Your Scene. It's a brand new podcast where we'll discuss topics related to issues and events in the D.C. music community, featuring musicians, promoters, journalists and other industry experts sharing their insight. In light of recent…

This is it! Final episode of The Enclosed Instruction Book, featuring Helen Aire Marie, Emily McGrath, Caroline Weinroth...
04/02/2016
The Enclosed Instruction Book: 202 - Old Souls Singer-Songwriter Showcase

This is it! Final episode of The Enclosed Instruction Book, featuring Helen Aire Marie, Emily McGrath, Caroline Weinroth (Cinema Hearts), Casey Meyer (Birds For Eyes), Lyndsay Mikalauskas, and Rachel Kline (Flowerbomb)! Recorded live at Epicure Café, March 5, 2016. Check out the podcast here or on iTunes.

On March 5, 2016, a concert took place at Epicure Cafe in the city of Fairfax, Virginia, presented by Sarah A. Foote and Ryan Durbin, featuring original music performed by intelligient, creative, and reflective young women.   This week's episode features highlights of the show, recorded by Mart…

04/01/2016
Fairfax Public Access

Tune into FCPA this Friday at 11 PM EST to hear the FINAL episode of The Enclosed Instruction Book; coverage of the March 5th singer-songwriter showcase at Epicure, featuring Helen Aire, Emily McGrath/Greypea Music, Caroline Weinroth of Cinema Hearts, Lynds Mika, Casey from Birds For Eyes, and Rachel Kline (Flowerbomb)! Hear it at www.fcac.org, cable channel 27 in Fairfax, or catch the podcast later at theenclosedinstructionbook.libsyn.com! Also on iTunes!

To provide quality and engaging community television, radio, education, and cablecasting services of interest to the public, and encourage the participation and involvement of residents of Fairfax County and the Washington metropolitan area.

03/28/2016

Tune in this Friday for our final episode (for now); coverage of a concert back on March 5 at Epicure, featuring Helen Aire, Grey Pea Music, Caroline Weinroth, Lynds Mika, Birds For Eyes, and Rachel Kline! Hear just the music when it broadcasts on FCPA, or an extended version with a Q/A session on the podcast! Friday, 11PM EST, Fairfax cable channel 27 or www.fcac.org!

Check out tonight's penultimate episode of The Enclosed Instruction Book with Fake Bodies! Grab it here or on iTunes: ht...
03/19/2016
The Enclosed Instruction Book: 201 - Fake Bodies

Check out tonight's penultimate episode of The Enclosed Instruction Book with Fake Bodies! Grab it here or on iTunes: http://theenclosedinstructionbook.libsyn.com/10x-fake-bodies

This week's episode features the entirety of Woodbridge, VA-area punk outfit Fake Bodies, who discusses their latest release, "Sad Tales of a Trapezoid", their approach to songwriting, and the unique challenges faced by a young DIY punk band in Woodbridge.Songs included:Fake Bodies - Sad Tales of a…

03/17/2016
Fairfax Public Access

Remember to tune into FCPA (www.fcac.org or Fairfax channel 27) tomorrow at 11 PM EST for an interview with Fake Bodies out of Woodbridge! As usual, if you miss it, you can catch it on theenclosedinstructionbook.libsyn.com.

To provide quality and engaging community television, radio, education, and cablecasting services of interest to the public, and encourage the participation and involvement of residents of Fairfax County and the Washington metropolitan area.

I indicated that as The Enclosed Instruction Book wound down, I was starting work on a new audio journalism project. Wel...
03/17/2016
DCMD Interview: Union Arts | D.C. Music Download-D.C. Indie Music

I indicated that as The Enclosed Instruction Book wound down, I was starting work on a new audio journalism project. Well.. this is it! Hannah Landsberger and I did a piece for D.C. Music Download on the future of Union Arts. I'm thrilled with how this came out, and I'm looking forward to doing more in the near future; check it out!

By Martin Bonica and Hannah Landsberger A few months ago, we reported on Union Arts' closure after the space was purchased by Brook Rose and DB Lee Development. The news sparked a call-to-action among Union Arts' supporters to help the displaced artists who will be affected by the closure, after it…

03/14/2016
Fairfax Public Access

Remember to tune in to Fairfax Public Access (Fairfax cable channel 27 or www.fcac.org) this Friday at 11PM EST to hear our penultimate episode, an interview with Fake Bodies out of Woodbridge! If you miss it, catch it at theenclosedinstructionbook.libsyn.com!

To provide quality and engaging community television, radio, education, and cablecasting services of interest to the public, and encourage the participation and involvement of residents of Fairfax County and the Washington metropolitan area.

03/13/2016

Some news items.

(a) We are coming out of hiatus! It'll be brief, though. We're going to broadcast an interview with Fake Bodies from Woodbridge, VA this Friday at the regular time, and there's another episode planned after that.

(b) My podcasting focus has shifted elsewhere to a new project, and I've decided I can't maintain both that and TEIB and reach my ideal level of quality; so I'm going to focus on the new project entirely, and suspend The Enclosed Instruction Book. (More details on the new project this week.) I'm so proud of what this project was able to do, and I'm deeply appreciative to everyone who took the time to be on it, everyone who took the time to listen, and everyone at Fairfax Public Access for facilitating it. The podcast episodes will remain available for the forseeable future.

In the meantime, catch up at http://theenclosedinstructionbook.libsyn.com/ !

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