One Track Mind: Tony! Toni! Toné!, "Anniversary" (1993)

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Do you know what today is? It’s our anniversary.

R&B songs from the 1990s don’t come a lot in the rotation in that endless soundtrack running in my head, but this sweet, jazzy little Philly soul-cum-New Jack Swing slow jam stands out in my book:

Well, there’s another reason why this song is going around and round in my noggin: It’s our anniversary. More to the point, it’s this site’s anniversary. Sort of.

Five years ago today we posted our first musical musings on a preceeding site. Two years later, in June of 2008, after a name change, Something Else! Reviews was born — bringing over nearly all the content over from the old site in the process. In July of 2010 we supplemented the founding duo of Nick DeRiso and myself with a heavy hitter, a self-described music obsessive in Mark Saleski. Mark’s long running weekly series on personal reflections with music in mind, the Friday Morning Listens, came to roost here as well. Since then we’ve been occasionally graced with guest articles by guys whose taste in music and a knack for prose we greatly admire, such as Tom Johnson and Fred Phillips. And lastly, we revamped our site format just this past March to make it easier to present the diversity of music styles we revel in, officially completing the transition from being a blog to being a … let’s call it a “webzine.”

The term “Something Else” means a lot of different things to us. It was title for Cannonball Adderley’s landmark album featuring Miles Davis and also one of Ornette Coleman’s disruptive classic Atlantic albums. Yeah, we might like jazz a lot, but “something else” is above all something we strive to offer readers; a different take on popular music, jazz and non-jazz, along with bringing to light all the interesting music found in the cracks and crevices, hidden away from most people’s radars. All with the enthusiasm and perspective of an involved fan of music, like you.

We celebrate music, whether it’s by relishing the first steps taken by promising young artists toward immortality, or by sizing up and appreciating the legacy of those who have moved on to the afterworld. Sometimes, as is often with the Friday Morning Listens, we pick out music because its forever tied to some certain event, person or thing in our lives, or it just plain blows us away completely on its own merits. Every so often, we might even lash out a bit when an artist who we like disappoints us. We will also tend to obsess on certain acts. But, like I said, we’re music fans, and being so always involves favorites. We think there ain’t nothin’ wrong with that.

The site started out as a way to write out music-related thoughts ricocheting around in our skulls and put it out there for anyone who cares to read it. There might be a few more reviews on new releases than there used to be and maybe the interior design got an upgrade or two, but at the core, we’re still the same enthusiastic dweebs who started out five years ago to have a little fun tapping out and publishing our personal musical musings. We thank everyone who have come by the site to visit and bear with us as we gushed, raved, reflected and ranted about the thing that brings us all together: music.

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S. Victor Aaron

S. Victor Aaron

S. Victor Aaron is an SQL demon for a Fortune 100 company by day, music opinion-maker at night. His musings are strewn out across the interwebs on,, a football discussion board and some inchoate customer reviews of records from the late 1990s on Amazon under a pseudonym that will never be revealed. E-mail him at svaaron@somethingelsereviews .com or follow him on Twitter at
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