Sharing Needles with Friends is a weeky / bi-monthly Podcast & Blog started by Gene Priest and Derek Jones. In the series we will be discussing vinyl, collecting, and music in general. We will also include Interviews, Music Reviews, In Studio Live Performances, and more fun stuff for your ear canals. If you can handle it...
268 // Further Down The Rabbit Hole - Episode Seven - Nostalgia, Cults, and Philosophy
In this episode, we really do our best to just manically jump from topic to topic, (*surprise, surprise!) ranging from things like Salt Lamps, Video Production, and a bit of Nostalgia; namely the newly released Playstation 4 remasters of Tony Hawk Pro Skater 1 and 2.
We go on to get a bit deeper talking about what causes stress, anxiety, and depression and tricks to help train your mind to push them away.
We then move on to self-help books and methodologies in general and touch on cults such as Heaven's Gate and NXIVM with its new documentary on HBO. This somehow ends up flowing ever so naturally into a story about a long lost band from Gene's youth and his search to find another copy only to find a very sad ending.
And as always we end up talking a lot about Religions and Beliefs, which brings us to a discussion on the fascinating origins of Scientology and it's origins with "Dianetics" as we know it, as well as the highly prolific and vast bibliography of L. Ron Hubbard who could quite literally write an entire sci-fi novel IN ONE DAY. WHO CAN DO THAT!?
267 // Further Down The Rabbit Hole - Episode Six - Cancel Culture
In this LENGTHY episode, we are joined once again by our good friend Colin for a discussion on Video Games, Politics, Cancel Culture, and more.
We enter our discussion after a recording mishap where we lost the first 30 minutes of our conversation. It’s actually kinda funny, Derek’s dog somehow unplugged our mixer by getting tangled in the cord.
We jumped right back in and continued the conversation about video games after the power down, namely Mortal Kombat, and the moment in a parent’s life when their 12-year-old can beat them at a game you’ve been playing your entire life.
We talked about the recent situation with the Cincinnati Reds sportscaster Tom Breneman and him being caught on a “hot mic” using highly insensitive slurs and then making an on-air apology. During the apology, he almost sadly and comically breaks from his apology to continue commenting on the live game without skipping a beat and then back to the apology.
We discuss our current state on Cancel Culture and ask the question... should people be canceled immediately without fair analysis at any given time? There seems to be a broad range of OBVIOUS cases where it’s so apparent while at the same time, certain situations may be rushed without all facts involved.
We chat about celebrities that become famous basically for either unexplainable reasons unseen or by self-releasing what is said to the public is a “leaked” sex tape when in fact, there is an entire underground market for these things.
We talked a lot of politics ranging from the recent Qanon conspiracy theory, Donald Trump, and evening the much darker side of secret societies such as the infamous Bohemian Grove.
In between all other topics, we also discuss a lot of religious topics from the universal God, to shady preachers and mega-churches and even Kanye West's recent turn to gospel music and is it authentic, or is it for the money? It’s a long one... get ready and get heady!
266 // Further Down The Rabbit Hole - Episode Five - Hail To The Thief
In this episode, we are joined by our long-time friend and bandmate Henry for a discussion on everything from Aliens, Aliens BEING GOD, the universe as a whole, Religion and Spirituality, Coronavirus, and the current pandemic and quarantine times and how weird that is.
We somehow end up on the topics of Donald Trump, Joe Biden choosing Kamala Harris as his VP, the removal of confederate monuments, the current civil discourse, talking to family members with differing opinions on politics, and how to not kill one another, defunding the police, and a LOT of other political ramblings.
And no conversation between the three of us ever happens without discussing music. We spoke on spanning genres including artists such as Dishwalla, Tonic, Primitive Radio Gods, Oasis, Radiohead, Coldplay, Travis, and loads more.
265 B-Side // Further Down The Rabbit Hole - Episode Four - BONUS - Higher Talk
This conversation actually took place BEFORE the beginning of our latest Episode 4 - Unbiased and Social Media, while we were getting set up, and letting it all set IN.
We chat a little bit about how different Indica and Sativa strains of marijuana cause such dramatically different highs, pro sports, and athletes that play professionally in more that one sport such as when Michael Jordan played "pro baseball" after his basketball career.
We also ask the "hard questions," such as, is golf a GAME or a SPORT... or BOTH, Derek's new psychedelic tattoo, white sand and where you can find it, the weird psychology behind podcasting in a traditional sense, behind a computer and desk with full-on headphones vs. sitting out on a back porch, no headphones, and trying to feel more conversational.
Blake has the most brilliant business idea gets hatched for "Same Vision," with the goal of giving you the same vision when you leave as when you come in. Yeah, again, this is kinda ridiculous talk, but maybe it's at least amusing... then our buddy Colin shows up.
265 // Further Down The Rabbit Hole - Episode Four - Unbiased and Social Media
In this episode, we had a few friends swing by the back porch to hang out and join in on the conversation. We talked a bunch about skateboarding, snowboarding, aging gracefully, the current state of mainstream music,"where, if anywhere can we find unbiased media, social media and it's complications within politics, psychadelics, smoking weed and the stories that come with it, and so much more!
264 B-Side // Further Down The Rabbit Hole - Episode Three - BONUS - Maybe We Are The Virus
In this post-show chat, we somehow found ourselves linking the covid-19 pandemic and the ways that viruses spread and evolve over time, what if we took a step back and looked through the microscope and we, as human beings, were in fact just a virus at a cellular level living off of another being. Yeah, it got deeper.