The latest AQ Podcast is an exploration of a baseline desire we all have: to find our tribe, to immerse in a collective populated by like-minded individuals. And in our obsessions with digital dopamine hits on social media, it’s easy to lose sight of the value of the tribe until we’re all islands, lonely silos of cynicism and insecurity.
That thought was running through my head all weekend as I ended the year on a psilocybin wing in Big Sur, camping just south of Andrew Molera State Park. It’s the spot where the Big Sur River finally empties into the ocean, and the scene there is just unbelievable. After a mile walk through the wilderness you come out to this breathtaking, isolated beach with cliffs and little inlets everywhere, pillars rising out of the water like some wild Narnia geography. You cross over the point where the freshwater mixes with the saltwater, and scale up the side of this nearly-vertical rock wall. On the other side of it is this amazing view of a beach with purple sand highlighting the surface, surrounded by all kinds of various alien looking rock structures. It looks like a dragon died there. And further down is this network of caves that’s super hard to get to, which are only accessible at lowest tide.
These thoughts of finding tribes continued after the trip, which was punctuated by the release of the new A Perfect Circle song Disillusioned. In this AQP episode, I dissect the song and its meaning as it relates to this concept. There’s also a closer look at Rock culture after a moonlighting gig running the social media accounts for major rock festivals over the last year, including Rock on the Range, Louder Than Life, Aftershock, Rock Allegiance and beyond.