One of my favorite bands in the world is Razorlight. I can not get enough of the lyrics, melodies, and vocals plus they are one of the most exciting bands to watch live IMHO.  If you have never seen them live and want a taste, from December 9th Babelgum will be premiering ‘Rock and Roll Lies’, a documentary of one of music’s most enigmatic and controversial frontmen Johnny Borrell, and his band, Razorlight.

The documentary was filmed by award winning filmmaker Charles Henri Belleville over the course of five days during the band’s summer tour, visiting an array of obscure and grandiose UK venues including Buxton’s Opera House, a 1930s dance hall in Leamington Spa, the hallowed King Tut’s Wah Wah Hut in Glasgow and London’s monumentally proportioned O2 Arena.

Watch the documentary, trailer, and clips on Babelgum:

Here’s Razorlight’s video of Wire to Wire to get you in the mood for pure deliciousness:

What is love but the strangest of feelings?
A sin you swallow for the rest of your life?
You’ve been looking for someone to believe in
To love you, until your eyes run dry


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The Von Bondies – C’mon C’mon
Mother Mother – In Oh My Heart / Polynesia
Deer Tick – Ashamed / Baltimore Blues No. 1
Razorlight – Hostage of Love / 60 Thompson
Your Vegas – Birds of Paradise
Operahouse – Genius Child
Hockey – Song Away
Justin Townes Earle – Midnight At the Movies
Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit – The Blue
Ricky Young – Poor You / Your Hnads On My Skin
Silversun Pickups – Well Thought Out Twinkles
Cold War Kids – I’ve Seen Enough
Great Northern – Houses
Scissors for Lefty – Inevitable Thieves
Asher Roth – I Love College
Peter Bjorn & John – Nothing to Worry About
Ima Robot – Creeps Me Out
Late of the Pier – Bathroom Gurgle
Glasvegas – Daddy’s Gone
Tori Amos – A Sorta Fairytale
Laura Marling – Night Terror
Dan Auerbach – Whispered Words
Rocco Deluca & the Burden – Mercy
Barcelona – It’s About Time
Bedouin Soundclash – When the Night Feels My Song
Eric Hutchinson – Back to Where I Was / All Over Now


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Razorlight – Wire to Wire / Blood for Wild Blood
Born in the Flood – In Debt to the Heart / Anthem
People in Planes – Pretty Buildings / Vampire
House of Heroes – If / In the Valley of the Dying Sun
Soulsavers – Revival
The Perishers – Come Out of the Shade / Get Well Soon
Ryan Adams & The Cardinals – Fix It / Born into a Light
Oasis – Waiting for the Rapture
Donavon Frankenreiter – Your Heart
Joe Henry – God Only Knows
Ray Lamontagne – You Are the Best Think / Meg White
Whitney Duncan – Little by Little
Randy Travis – Don’t Think Twice It’s Alright (Bob Dylan)
Zac Brown Band – Chicken Fried
The Redwalls – Memories
Fiction Family – When She’s Near
Fleet Foxes – Your Protector
TV on the Radio – DLZ
Operahouse – Plastic Cage
Van Morrison – Lover Come Back
Peter Cincotti – Lay Your Body Down (Goodbye Philadelphia) / Cinderella Beautiful
Miss Li – Don’t Try to Fool Me / Gotta Leave My Troubles Behind
The Duhks – Mists of Down Below / Ol’ Cook Pot
Bigelf – Money, It’s Pure Evil


BUTR’s Top 20 Albums of 2008

1. Razorlight – Slipway Fires
2. Rob Dickinson – Fresh Wine for the Horses (plus re-recorded Catherine Wheel songs)
3. Kings of Leon – Only By The Night
4. Ours – Mercy (Dancing for the Death of an Imaginary Enemy)
5. MGMT – Oracular Spectacular
6. Hockey – Mind Chaos
7. Your Vegas – A Town and Two Cities
8. Ryan Adams And The Cardinals – Cardinology
9. Cat Power – Jukebox
10. Seal – Soul
11. Coldplay – Viva la Vida or Death and All His Friends
12. Vampire Weekend – Vampire Weekend
13. The Raconteurs – Consolers of the Lonely
14. Duffy – Rockferry
15. Girl Talk – Feed The Animals
16. Ray LaMontagne – Gossip in the Grain
17. TV on the Radio – Dear Science
18. AC/DC – Black Ice
19. Pink – Funhouse
20. The Veronicas – Hook Me Up

All of these records were released in the U.S. during 2008 except for Razorlights’s Slipway Fires which was released only in the UK on Nov. 3, 2008, but you can get it as an import on Amazon or at an indie record shop. I hope they release it in the U.S. soon and are planning a tour!

So what records did I leave off this list that you think should be on there?  My Morning Jacket, Fleet Foxes, The Killers, etc.  Post your suggestions.  Would love to know which records rocked your world in 2008!

Also, don’t forget to send in new music via the Soundcloud DropBox, it’s a link at the top of this blog.




Thank God my Clash magazine came in the mail and I happened to read that Razorlight released a new album in the UK almost 2 months ago on Nov. 3rd! How did this escape my radar I love this band?!

Razorlight released their third studio album, Slipway Fires, on November 3rd 2008 with the lead single, “Wire To Wire”, being released on October 20th 2008.

The band have confirmed that the next single to be taken from Slipway Fires will be “Hostage of Love”; it is due to be released on January 12th 2009.

Everyone this is a must if you love art & music, please check out Razorlight’s website:

You can navigate the entire website while watching all their videos. Yes some parts may be hard to read and it might not be crawler friendly, but it’s a cool concept.

The second I hit the website, I was hooked by the music and Johnny Borrell! If you have never seen them live, seriously their live performances are over-the-top amazing, think freddie mercury.

Can someone please tell me when this album is coming out in the U.S.? I can’t find any site online reporting this info. If they no longer have a U.S. label, I would be happy to release and market this ablum. It is an absolute must buy not-to-mention the band rules the school live!