When DJ Tap.10 dropped his Champagne Soul mix in 2011, he was introducing a sub-genre that he and his Honor Roll brethren had diagnosed years earlier. The 80s R&B that fit the bill is characterized by the smooth synthed-out romance of acts like Surface, Mtume, Midnight Star and Loose Ends. Even if some of those names don’t ring a bell, chances are you’ve heard a lot of these tunes.


These joints hearken back to a romanticized era of big cars, nice suits, and two stepping in well-appointed lounges while bubbly pours and men pine for alluring women. Although this genre didn’t outlive the Reagan administration, traces of its influence still crop up over time. To offer a local example, Oakland R&B duo Christión invoked this sound and imagery with the song and video for their 1996 hit “Full of Smoke.”

Fast-forward almost twenty more years and the Bay Area’s young Honor Roll Crew has not only discovered and named the genre, they’ve graduated from purveyors to producers of Champagne Soul. The Trackademicks-helmed project inspired by this music is called The Champagne Room and has been in the works for quite some time. Tapping long time collaborators Teedra Moses, Phonte, Joyo Velarde and the crew’s resident crooner 1-O.A.K., Tracks has created something that is at once futuristic and homage to the past.


The purely instrumental “El Dorado Nights” sounds like it could have been produced in 1983, while the majority of the project – including current favorite “What’s Wrong?” – incorporates Trackademicks’s more contemporary sensibilities. The goal wasn’t to make a purely throwback project but to propel these sonics into the 21st century and stay true to the crew’s roots at the same time. As Tap.10 recently told the SF Weekly, “It’s important to maintain your own sound and not follow trends.” It doesn’t hurt to set them either.

10 More Everyday Household Tips

10 More Everyday Household Tips Do you know the song Rainy Days and Mondays always bring me down? Do Mondays bring YOU down?

I actually like Mondays. The kids are back at school… New week full of possibilities just started and Monday is also a Tips and Ideas Day here on Daily Organized Chaos.

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I love learning new tips on saving money or making chores easier. I love tips on cleaning and organizing…..I just LOVE tips…Period.

Every Monday I like to share my new and old household tips, kitchen tips, cooking tips or any other tips and ideas that will make all of our lives easier.

Today I want to share with you 10 simple yet helpful everyday household tips:

#1 Why pay extra for special flavored coffee? Add few teaspoons of cocoa or cinnamon to your coffee grinds and make your very own special blend.

#2 Need breadcrumbs and there’s none in your cupboard? Just put slices of bread on a plate and microwave for a few minutes. Check and turn the slices every minute till they are nice and crisp. Crush with rolling pin.

#3 You can never find a pen or pencil on the bottom of your purse? Use ordinary toothbrush holder to store them in.

#4 Time to order take-out and you can’t find your menus? Keep them all in a large envelope or file holder glued to the inside of your phone book.

#5 Getting meals and snacks ready for the following week? Add some food coloring to the water when boiling your eggs so your kids can tell them apart.

10 More Everyday Household Tips

#6 Your old flannel sheets became hard and scratchy? Don’t throw them away yet. Try to add little bit of olive oil to the load next time you wash them. The olive oil will make them soft again.

#7 To prevent dust from flying around when vacuuming save that chore for rainy day. The humidity helps the dust from flying around.

#8 Is your bathroom mirror covered with sticky hair spray spots? It’s easy to clean it. Just put little bit of rubbing alcohol on a cloth and wipe it off.

#9 The weather is drying up your hands and you don’t want to spend money on expensive hand soaks? Get a bowl with warm water and add little bit of your hair conditioner. Luxurious soak in minutes.

#10 Your child was making a project and somehow spilled some non washable glue? Don’t worry just dip a cloth in vegetable oil and give it a good wipe.

Do you have any everyday household tips to add to my list?

Let me know. I would love to try them and include them in my next Everyday Household Tips post.

Don’t Fear Consumer Satisfaction Surveys

A recent study reveals businesses should not fear asking their customers as over 50% of those who complete surveys do so to share a positive experience.

Are you a business owner? Are you afraid to ask your customer what they think?

Don’t be…

A survey recently conducted by Chadwick Martin Bailey, a custom market research firm, found that over 1/4 of U.S. consumers have completed a customer satisfaction survey in the last twelve months and that most completed them because they have the company’s best interest at heart.

Some more of the survey findings…

57% fill out customer satisfaction surveys to share a good experience
50% do so to improve the company
60% of women participate in customer satisfaction surveys to share a good experience compared to…
52% of men who do the same thing
53% of men fill out the survey to improve the company compared to 47% of women
But the biggest disparity among gender lies in enticement as 50% of women participate to receive a discount compared to 40% of men.

The survey also helped to bust a longstanding myth that people ONLY respond to satisfaction surveys if they had a bad experience as the research showed:

81% respond to surveys whether their experience was bad or good
4% said they respond when they have had a bad experience
13% said they respond when they have had a good experience
Jeff McKenna, senior consultant and director of customer satisfaction solutions at Chadwick Martin Bailey summed it all up quite nicely…

“Our research shows that companies currently managing customer satisfaction or ‘Voice of the Customer’ programs have a huge opportunity to cultivate and nurture key customers. Overall, they are showing devotion to a company and, at the very least, companies should be thanking the customers who provide insightful comments, whether they are problems or praises.”

So, don’t fear the Consumer Satisfaction Survey! Embrace them. Use them as a learning tool. Use them as a means to engage your customer.