the cedar room

BBC Review: The Places Between

A glowing review of The Best of album at BBC Music:

It speaks volumes about Doves’ far-reaching ambitions –or perhaps their lack of provincial attitude –that they’ve made such a mighty noise for over a decade without ever being tagged a ‘Manchester band’.

When they shed their rave pop guise of Sub Sub and emerged in 1998 with glacial ghost story The Cedar Room –an amorphous spectre of a tune as haunting as the ghouls that inhabited its lyrics –their atmospheric bass throbs and sunbeam-surfing guitars spoke more of Viennese spires shrouded in gothic mist than cocaine benders down The City. Instead of being tethered to geographical roots, Doves took wing, inspiring hordes of potato-faced blokes, from I Am Kloot to Elbow, to make music as beautiful as they weren’t. In their time, Jimi Goodwin and Andy and Jez Williams have come to epitomise what can only be described as Mercury Prize rock.

As expansive and ambitious as their sound, this best-of set draws together their most memorable hits, stand-out album tracks, B-sides and alternative versions across a standard and deluxe, expanded edition. That it still doesn’t find space for Satellites is testament to the quality of the monumental music on display.

To read the full review, click here

Reading that makes me want to play the tracks right now.

Walgreens Approve!

Who said doves haven’t quite made it in the US? It doesn’t get much better than walking into your local Walgreens (US version of Boots) and hearing Winter Hill being played over the store radio! It gets better.. Catch The Sun was playing in Sunset Foods Highland Park Illinois a few weeks back. It doesn’t get more exciting than that eh?

A band who’s music you probably wont hear at your local Walgreens is King Kong Ding Dong. Exactly! They are giving away their latest album at their website for free. Check out the first track Jample, stunning stuff. Though the vocals sound sorta familar.. The Cedar Room? Great album though.

Another band who like the Cedar Room is Exit Calm. So much so they use it as they walk on stage at their live shows. They have supported the likes of Soulsavers & The Charlatan’s recently. Debut album is out in April. Sign up to their website to get a free mp3.

Brilliant Gmex Videos

The Greatest Denier

The Cedar Room – wow!

Both videos by board regular gibbo, probably the best fan taken video of the year, in fact some of the best I’ve ever seen of doves. Top job man! Do yourselfs a favour and click on the videos to view them in high quality. Watching this, makes me hope they make it back over to the US next year, or that I get to see them back in the UK. :)

Top marks to the band too. Jimi is on top form with the vocals! Brilliant stuff.

NME Best Tracks Of The Decade

I’m pleased to report (even though these lists are rubbish) that there are two doves tracks in the NME’s top 100 tracks of the decade countdown. Without further to do..

38 The Cedar Room

The Manchester band’s debut single

The longest song on Doves’ mesmerising debut album ‘Lost Souls’ represents the true essence of what this most unassumingly special of British bands are all about. A constant live favourite, it creeps along at a lovely, stoned pace, ever so slowly evolving into a classic piece of colourful psychedelia that even the most addled of ’60s acid-heads would be immensely proud of.
They made much more concise, accessible pop records than this throughout their careers, but never have Jimi Goodwin’s lot sounded as mesmerizingly beautiful as they do here. A dark, brooding, slice of 6am perfection that takes you to places you need to go. HM

24 There Goes The Fear

A proper epic, and the band’s finest moment

The near seven-minute mournful masterpiece remains one of the most cherished UK tracks of the decade, by one of our best bands of the era, being one of those tunes that is both sad and uplifting at the same time. NME writers loved it enough to vote it the song of 2002. Nuff said. AW

For the full list, visit

Delamere Forest Videos & Pictures

Photo by gibbo1968

doves board regular and friend of the blog, gibbo1968 took some great pictures from his front row position at the Delamere show. You can see the album set at flickr here. You can also check out the full videos gibbo took of Jetstream & Here lt Comes here.

Fan favourite The Cedar Room found its way back into the set towards the end of the North American tour. The performance at Delamere was the first performance in the UK since the Royal Festival Hall show Sept 08. Watch the stunning Delamere rendition below, thanks to moorlander55

Next stop on the road for doves, will be the MTV studios for a live session on the 22nd. Then its off to Glastonbury for doves seventh appearance at the festival.

Toronto Setlist: Cedar Returns!

Toronto got the first performance of the Cedar Room of the year. The setlist above, thanks to Spidey Spence.


Jimi gave a short interview for the Zane Lowe show Tuesday past (March 10th). Jimi talks about a track that the band are dropping for a few shows, that they have never dropped before. We now know that to be The Cedar Room. Here’s hoping the track comes back for the main tour!

Download Interview

Here is another picture from the Mark Radcliffe session. To answer a few who asked, yes I will upload the other two tracks that were performed. Later in April, once the album is out there.


Astralwerks has got its doves microsite live now. It has the links for the pre-sale tickets that go on sale 10am Wednesday. There are also some nice web goodies you can grab off the site. You can also join the street team if you so wish.

Astralweks doves

The top indie site Stereogum is now offering a free download of the Push Me On Playgroup megamix. The remix will be available to purchase on a rare 12″ only vinyl. Go grab the mp3!

I found a new doves fansite on my google travels. Not sure how long its been up. But well done whoever is site it is. Click the link below to visit the site.

The Cedar Room


doves performing The Cedar Room at the V Festival on the Channel 4 Stage, Hylands Park, Chelmsford August 20th 2005.