perfect "hipster" party mix

the walker :: fitz & the tantrums

shut up & dance :: walk the moon

killer whales :: smallpools

texas :: magic man

ways to go (captain cuts remix) :: grouplove

come with me now :: kongos

geronimo :: sheppard

dancing song :: little comets

shake shake shake :: bronze radio

houdini :: foster the people

different colors :: walk the moon

tongue tied :: grouplove

harlem :: new politics

go outside :: cults

somebody :: jukebox the ghost

it’s about time :: young the giant

gotta get away :: the black keys

take a walk :: passion pit



Heaven’s gate was a religious UFO cult in San Diego, California. They believed planet Earth was supposed to be recycled (wiped clean, everyone dead) and the only way to survive was to leave immediately.

They believed that their bodies were vehicles only meant to help them on their journey. They performed mass suicide, but defined this suicide as going on to the “next level”. 

They thought that there only means of escape would be to board their souls abroad a space craft that was trailing comet Hale-Bopp.

The cult rented a 9,200-sq.-ft. mansion. 

Thirty-eight Heaven’s Gate members, plus group leader Applewhite, were found dead in the home on March 26, 1997. In the heat of the California spring, many of the bodies had begun to decompose by the time they were discovered. Autopsies were carried out on the corpses, and medical examiners found the people had taken cyanide and arsenic. 

The members took phenobarbital mixed with pineapple, washed down with vodka. Additionally, they secured plastic bags around their heads after ingesting the mix to induce asphyxiation.

 Authorities found the dead lying neatly in their own bunk beds, faces and torsos covered by a square, purple cloth. Each member carried a five-dollar bill and three quarters in their pockets, said to be for interplanetary toll.

You can read more about them here in this Wiki article

Only one of the group’s members, Rio DiAngelo/ did not kill himself: weeks before the suicides, in December 1996, DiAngelo agreed to leave the group so he could ensure future dissemination of Heaven’s Gate videos and literature. 

What’s really creepy is how this reddit user e-mailed them and they responded! (click picture to enlargen)



Today in History, November 18th, 1978

918 members of the “People’s Temple” cult commit suicide at Jonestown.  The cult, led by Jim Jones, moved from the United States to Guyana (South America) and formed a commune called “Jonestown” in 1976. Jim Jones prophesied that there would be a destructive nuclear war between the US and the Soviet Union, and the cult moved to Guyana to avoid the fallout. On the morning of November 18th, 1978, Congressman Leo Ryan visited Jonestown to investigate rumors of abuse and mistreatment, as well as other concerns by family members.  Ryan left with 14 members who chose to leave Jonestown and return home.  

In response to Ryan’s visit and the departure of 14 “defectors”, Jones ordered the mass suicide of the entire cult.  Members drank grape Flavor Aide mixed with valium, cyanide,phenergan, and chloral hydrate.  Most members committed suicide willingly.  Those who didn’t were forcibly restrained and injected with poison.  Jim Jones himself committed suicide with a pistol.  A handful of members were able to survive the event by hiding or escaping into the jungle.

In the meantime, as Congressman Ryan and his party of “defectors” were boarding planes at an airstrip, when a number of armed cult members ambushed them, shooting and killing six, among them Congressman Ryan who was shot 20 times.  9 others were wounded.


The Jonestown Death Tape - November 18, 1978

On November 18, 1978, nearly 900 members of Jim Jones’s People’s Temple committed a mass suicide by ingesting cyanide infused Kool-Aid.  

The audio in this video was taken from a cassette tape found at the scene in Guyana. The tape captured Jim Jones’s eerie voice urging his followers to commit suicide, accompanied by the sounds of crying children and applause. This tape features he and his followers’ last minutes alive.

A transcript of the video can be read here.

Why Does Los Angeles Attract So Many Cults?

"We went deep on the Los Angeles obsession with cults, cultists, cult-like groups, organizations we’d never refer to as cults for legal reasons, organizations that are definitely not cults but are kinda weird, and other related subjects. You don’t have to go into a trance or commune with any ancients to relive it—here it is, in all its alien superbeing glory:

An introduction:

· An Introduction to the Long History of Los Angeles Cults
· Ask the Experts: Why Does Los Angeles Attract So Many Cults?
· How to Start Your Own Los Angeles Cult in 14 Easy Steps

The buildings:
· 8 Notorious Los Angeles Cult Locations: Then and Now
· 7 of LA’s Most Magnificent Examples of Masonic Architecture

The juicy stories:
· The Pasadena Haunts of the Occultist Who Cofounded JPL
· The Earliest and Weirdest LA Cult Stories: 1700s to 1940s

The Manson Family:
· The Story of the Abandoned Movie Ranch Where the Manson Family Launched Helter Skelter
· Mapping 13 Key Locations in the 1969 Manson Family Murders

The health-obsessed:
· How Cultists, Quacks, and Naturemenschen Made Los Angeles Obsessed With Healthy Living
· The Respectable LA Houses of 1970s Hippie Cult The Source
· Café Gratitude and the Cult of Commerce


- Curbed LA’s Cults Week