This Is Cat Power: Famous feline Lil BUB announces debut album ‘Science & Magic’


Last year we got the Grumpy Cat Christmas special. This December, we’re getting a debut album from Lil BUB. This is probably an upgrade.

The famous feline, today announced debut album, Science & Magic, out December 4 via Joyful Noise Recordings. It’s billed as a concert album “written by a magical space cat,” with a quarter of its net profits from album sales donated to Lil BUB’s Big FUND for the ASPCA to benefit special needs pets. Lil BUB is no stranger to the music community, apparently, having made a cameo (cam-meow?) on Meow the Jewels, produced a single for Kelley Deal, collaborated with Andrew W.K., worked with David Yow, and made fast friends with noted curmudgeon Steve Albini.

Lil BUB has even been held by Jonathan Richman.


With a music career now imminent, a trailer for her album can be seen below, but we’re still not exactly sure what’s going on here. Thankfully, Andrew W.K. has this to say — but he might be catsplaining we don’t know:

What you hold in your hands is the first ever collection of songs officially made by Lil BUB. That’s right. This is music made by a magical space cat. How is that possible? Allow me to explain…

First of all, it should be understood that this album is a genuine musical experience. Also, it should be understood that this is not a novelty item or a cheap and disillusioning gimmick. This is a bonafide and musically gratifying concept album, which entirely emerged from the soul and spirit of Lil BUB herself. How do I know this? Because BUB told me so.


My name is Andrew W.K. and I have had the privilege of working with BUB and making music with BUB and even holding BUB in my arms. Not only is she the softest creature I have ever encountered, she is also the most musically and compassionately gifted. The songs on this album are her vision. They are by her, about her, and are her. Listening to these songs is the sonic equivalent to holding Lil BUB in your own arms.

It may seem impossible that a cat could compose an entire album of carefully crafted instrumental music, but BUB is not simply “a cat”. She came from the deep unknown, on an intergalactic mission to help the people and animals of earth with her magic, talents, and otherworldly wisdom. I can attest to her power – the time I spent with her absolutely made me a better person.

The songs on this album are the soundtrack to BUB’s universal adventure, and a soundtrack to the universe itself. You’ll feel transported by the music’s stimulating spirit, and taken to places beyond your imagination’s limits, all the while experiencing the sonic aura of BUB’s loving and compassionate presence.

BUB is more than just a “muse”; she wrote this music and used the musicians on this album (BUB’s dude, Mike, and his close friend Matt, who is also the official bubbysitter), as her creative vessels to get the music from inside of her spirit and into your mind. If it weren’t for BUB, this music would not exist.


Ok, we cool.