Kelley Deal Collaborates With Lil Bub on New Single, ‘Shirtcrush’
Lil Bub is using her magical space feline powers to make waves in the music business. Two weeks ago, the internet-famous permakitten hosted noted cat enthusiast Steve Albini as a guest on her web series, Lil Bub’s Big Show. Having received an intensive tutorial in music production from Albini, Lil Bub put her fresh skills to work this week on a new single for Breeders guitarist Kelley Deal.
At the opening of the episode, Lil Bub offered to grant one wish to the first person to call in. As luck would have it, Deal won the prize, appearing on a small screen with her own fluffy-headed cat beside her. “Shouldn’t you on tour with the Breeders?” Lil Bub asked. Deal explained that she had a little time off, then made her wish to have Lil Bub produce her next single. Harnessing the power of “science and magic,” Bub transported Deal to a recording studio, where a full band soon materialized.
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In addition to producing, Bub plays keyboards on the new song (aided by what appear to be cat treats on the keys) and contributes a few vocals as well. The result of her hard work, a sunny new single called “Shirtcrush,” is available on iTunes.
In a note on her own website, Deal explained how the collaboration with Lil Bub really came together. Her band, R. Ring played a show last year at Bloomington, Indiana’s Russian Recording Studio, which Lil Bub’s “dude” Mike Bridavsky owns and operates. “She is super sweet and she and her Dude are hell bent on bringing magic and love to Earth,” Deal wrote.