‘Magical space cat’ Lil Bub has a new album and Andrew W.K. is psyched


When the music history of feline art is finally written, scholars of 2065 likely will ponder the weird moment in 2015 when cats took over the rap game for a few months. At least one of them will mark this day in cat history: when the (handlers of) world-famous cat Lil Bub announced the release of her first record.

A week after Run the Jewels issued its highly anticipated all-cat remix album, “Meow the Jewels,” Lil Bub has offered news of “Science and Magic,” touted as “the very first full-length concept album written by a magical space cat.” Bub, who makes a cameo on “Meow the Jewels,” announced the news through one of her spirit guides: the rock star, motivational speaker and Village Voice columnist Andrew W.K., who penned a truly moving ode.


Writes W.K.:

“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.”


Track listing for “Science and Magic” is listed below. The album arrives Dec. 4.

1. Hello Earth
2. New Gravity
3. Assimilation
4. A Friend
6. Another Voyage
7. Science and Magic
8. Space Sister
9. Earth Sister

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