Release Date: Dec 4, 2015
Record label: Joyful Noise
Genre(s): Electronic, Pop/Rock, Alternative/Indie Rock, Club/Dance, Indie Electronic
The Education of Lil Bub: Space Cat Gives Earthlings a Dose of Truth on Debut Lil Bub. She is tiny. She is perfect. She is a girl. And she uses science and magic to communicate her special message of peace and love to the universe. With those two utterly important tools at her disposal she has ….
Perma-kitten Lil BUB’s outer-space origins from the planet Bub Ub Bub make her tinier and tongue-ier than Earth felines, but her atypical bone formation and toothless appearance have never impaired her talents as a groundbreaking musician. And even with a sizable, genre-hopping career behind her, she is somehow only still getting better on her whimsical 59th album, Science & Magic. Not that any of us should be surprised.
With her worldwide celebrity status and deep connections within the indie music community, it was only a matter of time before Indiana's favorite saucer-eyed feline released an album. Adopted in 2011 by Bloomington-based musician/producer Mike Bridavsky, Lil BUB quickly became an internet hero with her own blog, social media pages, and merchandise line. It's a sweet story, really.
Instead of starting this piece of rock 'n' roll writing with the usual flamboyant cynicism and literary devices, let's get right to the point – this is an album 'recorded' by a cat. Lil Bub, to be precise, a litter runt whose struggle and oddly cute appearance (she suffers from facial deformities) made her something of an Internet sweetheart, following in the pawsteps of the grumpy one, the surprised bipedal one, the one that wanted a cheeseburger and, of course, the one that played the keyboard, who never enjoyed commercial success but garnered widespread cult appeal. Can Lil Bub reach such heights? Charm aside, it's an album by a cat.
2015’s answer to Pet Sounds seems to have been delivered by a feline whose talents have been displayed on everything from Meow The Jewels to a zany series of Internet videos. Her latest export “co-produced” by Matt Tobey rockets away from the shaky ground of meme culture and into a different space discovering the intersection between a sugar rush and solid songwriting. “Assimilation” serves up staccato stabs of bright synth-laden energy, accented by chirping noises and bells armed for an inspired trip to the pet store while “Earth Sister” is the track best clawing at Lil Bub’s thesis statement.
What has your cat achieved this year? Did she finally learn how to use the litter tray without flicking piss-soaked pellets all over the kitchen floor? Did he finally lick his groin so much that he’s groomed some sort of designer bald patch round his private parts? Or did they just sit around doing naff all like they always do? If you’ve never heard of Lil BUB before, you’ve either never heard of the internet before, or you're a cold, hard, cruel person who doesn’t know whats good for them. Widely regarded as the cutest cat on the web, she was apparently sent from space on an intergalactic mission to help the people and animals of earth with her magic, talents, and otherworldly wisdom. She pokes out her little tongue, makes funny noises and garners a lot of love from her many fans.
Lil Bub is a "magical space cat" who has collaborated with Andrew W.K., Kelley Deal of the Breeders and even appeared on Meow The Jewels. So why is the immensely talented talk show host, author and perma-kitten only releasing her debut album now? Bub was born with myriad health issues (including osteoporosis), none of which have held her back. But a concept album about the entire universe is a large undertaking, so we assume she wanted to ensure the proper time and energy was spent on it.