Iain Banks

Raw Spirit (In Search of the Perfect Dram) by Iain Banks

BOOK We were very sad to hear of Iain Banks’ death to cancer yesterday. Raise a glass to his memory with a copy of his brilliant, warm and funny travelogue in praise of his homeland’s favourite export. Visiting far flung distilleries, Banks’ journey is equal parts history, literature and a deep love for his country. Cheers. Buy on Amazon

These New Puritans – Field of Reeds

ALBUM Former scrappy pop band These New Puritans have slowly evolved into an ambitious, forward-thinking modern classical group (yes, really) – their latest opus is a beautiful, considered record full of woodwind and piano, kinda like Talk Talk hanging out with Steve Reich. Well worth a listen. Streaming over at the Guardian.

NAAM and Mind Mountain at Blade Factory, Thursday 13th June

GIG Hypnotic rock gang NAAM head to Camp & Furnace’s Blade Factory this week for a dose of lovely, distorted psychedelic pop. Fantastic fellow psychers Mind Mountain support. Facebook event

Adobe Kuler app

APP What’s the colour palette of your desk? Or your garden? This cool Adobe app captures them and shows you whether pistachio will work against your teal feature wall. Great fun. Free on iTunes

Flying app

APP This new free app – simply called Flying – is a beautifully designed way to keep track of your travel arrangements. Keep up to date on departure times, gate numbers and terminal info, as well as revisiting information on past flights – and get some virtual passport stamps while you’re at it. Plus some fun visualisations (“you’re 50% of the way to the moon!”) and a social feed to keep track of where your mates are going. Currently still in beta mode, but we’re excited to see where this one heads. More information

Agnetha: Abba and After, Tuesday 11th June

TELLY Technically we’re in camp Frida, but you can’t deny the fragile beauty of Agnetha’s voice. This one hour documentary traces her singular and curious career. And reminds us all of a time when talent and tunes beat PR and autotune. BBC One, 10:35pm. View trailer & information

9 rules for a simpler day

TIPS We’re so stressed sometimes that our days just end up being a big mush of screaming obscenities at a computer and being snappy in text messages. What’s the solution? Simplifying. Here’s nine tips on how to make your day easier, stress-free and more productive. Via Zenhabits.net

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