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Fortunately Sharkula is up to the task of keeping me in the loop on all his new tunes. A few weeks ago he called me up to ask if I'd listened to "Close Encounters," a track he'd recently cut with Kool Keith. Sharkula tends to play well with others, and he's got a great foil in the oddball hip-hop legend. Following Keith's moody performance on the drowsy track Shark's lyrical non sequitur's linger longer than they otherwise might, such as the weighty line, "why does an infant wear a bulletproof vest."
Sharkula's about to release some more tunes as well. At the end of the month California label Atomic Mouse Recordings will release Shark's "lost" album, Dirty Caviar. The album is "lost" in the same way a chunk of the rapper's catalog is lost—he'd included early versions of a song called "Anti Dookie Pretzel Deluxe Remixer" on some CD-Rs he's sold hand-to-hand through the years—but the Atomic Mouse release presents Dirty Caviar in its full form, ten years after Sharkula recorded it. Atomic Mouse is releasing it digitally, on CD, and as a ten-inch record, which makes Dirty Caviar Sharkula's third vinyl release. (Dirty Caviar producer iGod is also selling a digital version of the album through his Bandcamp.)
The MC's not just sitting around waiting for Dirty Caviar LPs to come out, and tomorrow night he headlines a hip-hop show at Elastic Arts Foundation. The Buttress, Knowshun, and Dr. Quinn open; the show starts at 9 PM and costs $7.