Nick Cave

Album: Various artists, We Are Only Riders: the JLP Sessions

A "tribute" album of sorts, to the late Jeffrey Lee Pierce of the Gun Club; except that in place of individual artists doing new interpretations of JLP songs, a coterie of friends combine to finish a batch of tunes demoed roughly by Pierce with one Cypress Grove.

Album: Nick Cave & Warren Ellis, The Road (Mute)

Cave and his beardy Bad Seeds/Grinderman sidekick Warren Ellis have become prolific soundtrack composers of late, as shown by 2009's White Lunar, a retrospective collection that has, to be frank, probably been heard more often than the accompanying films were seen.

Nick Cave: Suited, booted ... and very, very dark

The gothic rocker hired to present this year's Turner Prize reveals why art makes him hurt. And the book that makes him cry. And even bigger surprises still, hidden in the gloom... Cole Moreton meets Nick Cave