Author: nicfoley

My Ideal ‘Say Anything’ Setlist!

It seems like the wait for Say Anything to announce any UK shows is eternal. I know that it’s expensive for a band to come over here from America, but that doesn’t stop me hoping and praying each day that I receive an email from See Tickets saying “One of your favourite artists just announced a show near you!” and it’s accompanied by a big smiling picture of Max Bemis’ face.

So, to pass the time, here is what I would consider my ‘ideal’ setlist, if Say Anything were to come over to Manchester. Although, if i’m honest, any combination of Say Anything songs would be great to see live!

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Blink-182 ‘Bored To Death’ – (Over)Analysis!

Blink-182 returns!

Blink-182 released their first new song in around 4 years today and I couldn’t have been more excited to binge-listen to it when I woke up this morning. It’s now 10am and I must have heard it over 20 times already today. Needless to say, I am a fan. There are so many things I love already about this track and I’m going to tell them all to you right now, in excruciating detail. Enjoy.

 

 

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Songs That Nic Likes…

One of the things that I really enjoy in this world is recommending music to people. Yes, I am ‘that guy’ – the guy who insists on forcing his taste in music on anyone who will listen. I’m sorry, I’m trying to get better. One way in which I’m trying to get better is by collection all of my music recommendations into one handy Spotify playlist so that, should someone ask for a recommendation, I can direct them to the playlist, rather than badger them for 10 minutes on something like the importance of Los Campesinos’ third album…

So, here we have it, ‘The Ultimate Playlist Of Song Recommendations That Nic Likes And Thinks That You Should Hear’ (working title):

 

I’ve added a handful of songs to get me going. I’ll add more as I discover more new music! It’s an on-going process. A living, breathing animal of a playlist that’s only purpose in life is to bring people joy through music.

Enjoy!

Gigs Of 2015!

I finally got round to posting my ‘Gigs Of 2015’ write-up! (Better late than never!) It can be found on this very blog, right here.

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This list of gigs is part of a prestigious, long-running, annual blogging tradition (that I created in 2014). This tradition consists of waiting until the end of a year before documenting anything and everything that I can remember about the gigs I attended in the last 12 months. This could be very little if the gig was at the start of the year (or if the gig was particularly uninteresting!) or very much, if I particularly loved a recent gig! I also tend to shove a load of photos and videos in there, for flava.

All in all, I find it to be a nice way of documenting the gigs that I go to, without having to go to the effort of writing a review after every single gig. The lazy-man’s gig diary!

Enjoy.

Oh, and you can find the ‘Gigs Of 2014’ list here!

Optimistic Analysis of ‘The Winds Of Winter’ Publishing Date

Many people have tried to work out when the next book in George R.R. Martin’s ‘A Song Of Ice And Fire’ series will be published. I found this particularly optimistic piece of analysis on the ‘Frequently Asked Questions‘ page of /r/GameOfThrones. (The subreddit is for watchers of the show who haven’t necessarily read any of the books, unlike /r/ASoIaF, which is almost entirely aimed at readers of the books). Whoever wrote this section must have been feeling very hopeful at the time!

Oh, my sweet summer child…

Optimistic GameOfThrones Subreddit FAQ

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iPhone Not Charging / Headphone Controls Not Working

If you have an iPhone (particularly an iPhone 5 or later, as these use ‘lightning’ charging cables), you may have experienced a problem in charging whereby you have to carefully insert the charger at a certain angle in order for the phone to charge, and the slightest knock will stop it from charging. Similarly, you may have also found that your iPhone’s headphone controls have stopped working and will no longer allow you to skip tracks or change the volume using the buttons on the iPhone headphone wire.

While there may be a number of causes for these two issues, I’ve encountered them time and time again and it’s almost always caused by one simple thing: Pocket lint.

Pocket lint (dust, fluff, etc.) builds up easily in the charging and headphone sockets on the iPhone and will eventually build up enough to stop the connections that need to be made between the wire and the phone. Cleaning it out can be tricky, as it’s easy to damage the phone by jamming things into these sockets. This is the way I’ve found the be best for cleaning out pocket lint from your iPhone’s charging/headphone sockets:

1. Sit under a bright light so that you can see into the ports.
2. Use a wooden toothpick (wood is less likely to scratch the metal plates than plastic) and slowly ease out the fluff that is at the bottom of each of the ports.
3. Gradually, you will be able to ease out enough this fluff to allow your iPhone to use the charger/headphones normally again.
4. Repeat this process every few months to make sure that you iPhone’s sockets are fluff-free!

Hope this helps!