Way back in February of 2009 Y La Bamba hit the studio with Chris Funk (Decemberists, Black Praire, etc.) to record a full-length entitled Lupon. And then... nothing. A few shows, some rumors, a cat walks into their promo photo, but that's about it.

A year later the band finally has some news about Lupon, which they made official on Friday night: Tender Loving Empire is releasing the album and it will be out later this Summer. Sure, that's all well and good, but what about the cat?