I'm the least likely person to start a thread on Nick Cave, but here's to anyoe who wants to pick up the thread and comment on any / all experience with Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds, Grinderman, or any of Cave's musical incarnations.
The Aussie-born singer / songwriter is also an author, occasional actor, composer and poet. One thing he is not is ordinary. With over 30 years in the music industry, he seems to be a grand example of the ever-evolving artist (eclectic?) who has put every ounce of his multi-faceted talent to work in one way or another.
Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds released their latest album, "Push the Sky Away" just a few weeks ago; it is their first release in over 5-years, and their first on their own label. Cave has also been with a side project called Grinderman, the wild child offspring of the Seeds, since 2006. NOTE: Cave is performing a one-off with Grinderman at Coachella 2013.
"Push the Sky Away" (available in vinyl, BTW), reportedly shows the evolution of the band from "wild beast, to rock dignitary, and back again." I've listened to some of the tracks, and offhand, I like them (along with some of their older material). If I get hold of this album, it will be my first.
It seems there'd be something for everyone in Cave's catalogue; there's quite a bit of diversity.
Frank Zappa meets Tom Waits? Does that resonate? Anyone?