Speaking to Nick Barat is like speaking to the yourself you wish you were. The Fool’s Gold founder and modern renaissance man better known as Nick Catchdubs is almost impossibly awake and relaxed considering he’s just hours away from the label’s DAY OFF festival show in L.A. I’m developing a stress contact high just thinking about the massive undertaking…

At this point even Amish people living under rocks have heard of Drake. The Toronto deity has made the leap from famous rapper to famous musician to the kind of uber-celebrity even my grandmother knows about, and in the process Drake has place an unprecedentedly bright spotlight on Canadian artists.

From Chaos Before he was 8ky, the solo artist driven to change the world, before he was Sky Blu, the international party rock superstar, he was Skyler Austen Gordy, a a kid with Los Angeles’ vast horizons and melting pot of cultures streaming through his veins. It was Skyler who bounced around L.A. with his…

THE BEATLES MAY HAVE BEEN BIGGER THAN JESUS, BUT YEEZUS IS BIGGER THAN THE POPE. Last week Kanye West sold nearly $1 million in merchandise at his Madison Square Garden show, a commercial-religious accomplishment that’s particularly fitting considering Yeezy’s allusions to both Pablo Escobar and Saint Pablo, and the fact that the venue’s previous record holder was…


As part of our encrypted messaging application Bleep, we wanted to make it possible for peers to locate each other securely using only the BitTorrent distributed hash table (DHT). To support this we added some DHT extensions which we’re now open sourcing under the name Scout. Scout is useful for applications where small groups of…