Slicing Up Eyeballs turns 3 today

Well, we beat the terrible twos: Slicing Up Eyeballs turns 3 today, having launched so very inauspiciously on Feb. 20, 2009, with a simple mission to provide “the latest info on new albums, reissues, upcoming reunions and tour dates.” More than 2,000 posts later, this site has become so much more than that, with a weekly show on Strangeways Radio, a monthly mixtape series, tons of great contests, MP3 downloads and much more.

What started as a late-night labor of love — I figured I’d write about the music I know and love, and see if anybody else cared — has turned into a major undertaking, with the site pulling in 2.36 million visits and 3.8 million pageviews over the past three years. Guess people do care.

Along the way, I’ve had the chance to guest-host “Dark Wave” on Sirius XM Satellite Radio, present a concert by The Godfathers in New York City and interview members of Joy Division, Bauhaus, Pixies, Erasure, Heaven 17 and The Dream Syndicate.

But I’m also keenly aware than any success I’ve had with Slicing Up Eyeballs is due entirely to you, the readers. So I’d like to offer a heartfelt thanks to every one of you who stops by the site each day, subscribes via e-mail or RSS, or follows along on Facebook, Twitter or other social media outlets. Aided by a small, but, thankfully, growing, slice of advertising revenue (although I won’t be quitting the day job any time soon), this site is a one-man operation and, for the time being, will remain that way — so all of your support and appreciation is greatly appreciated.

— Matt Sebastian, founder/editor


Oh, and if you’re a fan of what we’re doing here, there are ways to help spread the word:

  • Go “like” us on Facebook and click the “invite friends” link on the upper right side.
  • If you’re on Twitter, follow us there, too. Retweet the good stuff.
  • If you tumble, we’re also on Tumblr. Reblogging is fun.
  • Doing the Google+ thing? So are we. Put us in your circle, and hit us with some +1s.
  • Into Pinterest? We’re just getting started, but follow us and pin/repin our stuff.
  • Get free Slicing Up Eyeballs stickers and put ‘em on things. Here’s how.
  • Or just tell every single person you know about the site. Even your mom.




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  • thanks for the site!

  • Henry Bemis

    Congratulations on the three years. Keep up the good work.

  • Keep up the great work! There’s not another site like this out there.

  • I want to thank you Matt. You site has inspired me to pull out some songs/music I had forgotten about and buy some new tunes I learned about from you. You have kept the music alive and helped share the story. I hope you have continued success and growth!!!

  • Congratulations on 3 years and thank you for what you do… keeping the 80s alive and relevant.

    Kickin’ it Old School –

  • jazzmaster

    Happy Birthday!

  • Jeff K

    congrats Matt – your site provides an invaluable resource to music fans and Oldschool/classic Alt DJ’s like myself. Thanks for all the hard work… and here’s to continued success!!

  • Nancy

    Many Happy Returns! And keep up doing a fantastic job! :-)

  • Steve

    Happy Birthday!!!! I used to be addicted to that awful facebook but now I am addicted to slicingupeyeballs and YouTube!!!!!

  • Great site. Congratulations !

  • Cindy

    LOVE the site. :) Happy Birthday!

  • Scott

    I have enjoyed you’re site for a couple of years now. I am not sure of the exact date I found out about it, but I believe it was 2009. I have let a number of friends know about it and we all agree it is superb. Keep up the great work! Here’s to many more years.

  • Thank you all for the very kinds words. Means a lot.

  • Awesome site I check every morning BEFORE CNN & NPR. Now that’s saying something. Keep up the great work!

  • jonian

    Definitely one of the coolest sites out there. Thanks for all the hard work on making it so great!

  • Thanks for all your hard work Matt. This is a truly excellent website. I hope it goes from strength to strength!

  • Mogwaione

    I check the site at least 3-4 times a day. It’s one of my top links! Keep up the great work.

  • Happy 3rd anniversary to the coolest music blog around and the only one that continues to inspire and impress me on a regular basis.



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