Van Sounds

58 EpisodesProduced by Fil Corbitt

A podcast about movement.

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A shout across the valley

March 15th, 2019


Bonus: Willie Watson Interview

December 23rd, 2018


It Will Never Be Quiet Again

November 24th, 2018

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A story from Kent Irwin of, and declaring …

Postcard - Florence, Italy

October 16th, 2018

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Contributor Lauren Baker reads a postcard from Florence. Recorded on a hike in the Sierra Nevada.

A Hobo, A Tramp, A Bum

September 23rd, 2018

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A Catalogue of Nights

August 15th, 2018


Fool's Gold!

July 17th, 2018


Extra Extra!! From the banks of the Satoshi River to the banks of the Reese River, a mining-town newspaper that propped up a honest-to-goodness LIARS CLUB, no lie, and a story from the city who built itself on such …


June 19th, 2018

There is a lot of death metal bands in Kathmandu, Nepal. Let's figure out why. Oh, and my mom will be there. She'll help interview the metal bands.

The Silent Piece

April 25th, 2018

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The first in a series about Silence.

Silence by …

Postcard #11 - Bus 104

March 13th, 2018


A guest postcard from Julian Guy, navigating the bus system of Montevideo Uruguay.

Mt. Julius Caesar

February 8th, 2018


The power and process of naming mountains.


Beginning with an ear hike through John Muir National Forest, this episode dives into the process of naming places. Denali, Jefferson Davis Peak(s), and literary reflection on …

Postcard #10 - Bus 41

December 27th, 2017


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This episode was scored by Julian Jacobs.

Lightning over Rural Argentina, …


December 7th, 2017


The Picon Punch in the Great Basin. Exploring shades of brown.

Snake in the Grass

November 7th, 2017

Touring the DIY Punk circuit of Southern Brazil.

The skyscrapers of São Paulo are like blades of grass. They stretch upright in every direction, …

Postcard #9 - Pacifica, CA

September 20th, 2017

Van Sounds contributor Emily Jiang finds a house on a cliff between the highway and the ocean.


August 31st, 2017

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I have a 100 theme songs in my head.
They bounce around, bounce off …

Are you there?

August 2nd, 2017


Postcard #8 - Globe, Az

July 4th, 2017

Rule of Thumb

June 8th, 2017


Postcard #7 - Cuzco

April 15th, 2017


A quick check in from somewhere else.

A lightening storm in the scared valley, and an hour of power choirs in Cuzco, Peru.


March 20th, 2017


Anslem Douglas (Who Let the Dogs Out) + Smoked Solid Dairy (anime punk band on Maui.)

Postcard #6 - Tijuana Jukebox

March 2nd, 2017


Van Sounds Postcards - quick audio check-ins from somewhere else.

#6 - Tijuana Jukebox, songs and sounds from a recent day trip to Mexico.

American Music

February 7th, 2017


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This episode is dedicated entirely to a new compilation called "American Music."

Being There

January 5th, 2017

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Talking various forms of presence with: Helen Fillmore who recently returned from Standing Rock, Jason Moore of Zero to Travel, & Brad Bynum of Elephant Rifle.

Postcard #5 - Juneau, AK

November 14th, 2016


July in Alaska. Mendenhall Glacier. Sleep above a bar.

That's Politics

November 1st, 2016


This election cycle seems louder than before.

Small highway, crossing the Idaho/Washington border. Kent Irwin, …

before now

September 13th, 2016


On this episode, looking back. 

Also, I have a cold.

Postcard #4 - Poughkeepsie, NY

August 17th, 2016

#4 in the Van Sounds Postcard series. This time, a quick check in from Poughkeepsie, NY.

We set out on Black …

Brazil on Fire

August 5th, 2016

São Paulo is a bed of coals right now for Experimental music, and has spawned a new genre called Samba Sujo or “Dirty Samba” - which is a mix …

Going For It

July 26th, 2016


This week I’ve got big news.
I left my day job to focus on Van Sounds full time.
I started the show 3 years ago, and have decided that this is what I …

Postcard #3 - Austin, Nevada

June 6th, 2016


#3 in the Van Sounds Postcard series. This time, a quick check in from Austin, Nevada.

There, There // Hear, Hear

May 19th, 2016


National Rock is a huge genre in Argentina. And to be honest, when hearing about it for the …

Postcard #2 - Punk house, Rhode Island

April 18th, 2016


The Loneliest Rap in America

April 5th, 2016


Van Sounds contributor Kent Irwin ( and I drive to Ely Nevada to interview 2 rappers, and get the feel of the hip hop scene in the middle of nowhere.

Postcard #1 - Montevideo

March 15th, 2016

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This time on Van Sounds, an audio postcard; a super-quick check-in from somewhere else.

Wish you were here

March 3rd, 2016


The Dirtbag Diaries - Episode Swap

February 5th, 2016


Hey Folks,  I'm very stoked that this week's episode is a swap with OG podcasters, The …

Dice #6 (End of the Line)

December 16th, 2015

"Where you coming from...?""Where I've been.""Where else?"         -   Blue Highways, William Least Heat Moon

"King …

Dice #5 (Nothing on the Radio)

November 21st, 2015


Dice #4 (The edge)

November 5th, 2015


We start day 4 in South Central Idaho. We pass Hemmingway's grave and wind up in a Montana bar with an 8 piece brass band.

Then, we take an unexpected turn.

Dice #3 (The hotel nevada + Desert Silence)

October 21st, 2015


We spend the night in Cathedral Gorge - a clay, dirt dreamscape - then head to the Hotel Nevada to hear a song by David Dondero.

I dig into William Least Heat-moon's Blue Highways and find we've shared the same road.

Dice #2 (The Middle of Somewhere)

October 8th, 2015

Part 2 of the Dice Series.

We cross the nearest state border and drive across Nevada. Featuring two stories from the Little Ale'inn and a found book …

Dice #1 (The system)

September 25th, 2015

The Dice Series begins.

For the next 6 episodes, middle school friend Brian Anderson and I will wake up every morning and roll a single di. Then, …

Official Trailer - Van Sounds Dice Trip

September 18th, 2015

6 part series coming soon.

Open Source Song Writing

April 1st, 2015

Game Six + Complaining on an Airplane

March 16th, 2015


In 2011 I went on a North American tour with a punk band, and quite two weeks early. This may be my only answer to the question, "Do you have any regrets?"

A Quick Trip Through Uncertainty

February 10th, 2015


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Freight Train

October 31st, 2014


Tonight, we're hopping a freight train.

Who is Billy Mack?

October 28th, 2014

DIY legend Billy Mack tours New England.

You've seen one The Grand Canyon, you've seen 'em all.

October 28th, 2014


 Boat sounds. Rafting the Colorado River.

Straw Bed, Straw House, Straw Island

October 28th, 2014


The third episode of the Peru trilogy.

Death Bus

October 28th, 2014


#2 of the Peru Trilogy

Inca Trail

October 28th, 2014


#1 of the Peru Trilogy.

Who is Willy Tea?

October 28th, 2014

On the first episode in the 10x10 series, the band visits Knights Ferry, California.

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