Housekeeping — February 20, 2013 at 7:31 am

Slicing Up Eyeballs turns 4 today

Robert Smith on a birthday cake

At exactly 10:37 p.m. MST on Feb. 20, 2009, Slicing Up Eyeballs launched so very inauspiciously, with just a simple 91-word post announcing plans to provide “the latest info on new albums, reissues, upcoming reunions and tour dates.”

Exactly four years — and 3,163 more posts — later, this site has become so much more than that, leading to four hours of weekly programming on Sirius XM Satellite Radio and Strangeways Radio, a monthly mixtape series, a just-launched, year-long Best of the ’80s poll and more.

As I’ve written before, 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 serious undertaking, with the site pulling in 3.9 million visits and 6.4 million pageviews over the past four years.

It turns out that other people do, in fact, care, which is why I’m keenly aware that any success I’ve had with Slicing Up Eyeballs is due entirely to those of you who visit the site every day, subscribe via e-mail or RSS, or follow along on Facebook, Twitter or other social media outlets.

So, once again, thank you so much for stopping by and helping celebrate this great musical era.

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:




  1. Congratulations! Thanks for all you do Matt. This site is a great resource for all the best music.

  2. Congratulations! A great accomplishment.

  3. Congrats! i found your site a couple years ago and now check it a few times a day. It’s one of my favorite places to be!

    Best wishes for continued success in year five and beyond!

  4. Jim vandegrift

    Happy b day! Great site, all the best.

  5. Happy Birthday! Keep up the great work!

  6. Congrats. Here’s to four more years (at least).

  7. Happy birthday! Thanks for all the great stuff.

  8. Happy birthday! That’s a classic cake! Keep up all the good work. It is appreciated.

  9. Love the this site, keep bringing it everyday, this is the music i grew up on and glad its still alive here!

  10. Congrats Matt! Love the site, has all my faves and your playlists/mixtapes could be my own! Keep up the great work.

  11. Thank you, Matt! You (college) rock! ;)

  12. Happy Anniversary. I’m glad I found you!

  13. Happy 4th Birthday and here’s to many more!

  14. Congrats with the 4 years! Let’s hope on many more!

    Bernard & Co
    Side-Line Magazine

  15. Congrats Matt! Coming to your site is a part of my morning ritual. Thanks for all of your hard work. Here’s to many more birthdays to come!!

  16. Outstanding! Great work over the years! One of the very few sites that is in my daily rotation and for very good reason. I love this site, you do an awesome job Matt and I hope it continues for many years to come.

  17. Happy Birhday, and thank you for keeping me up-to-date on all things alternative/80’s college. I visit each day now, checking out any new tour dates from my favorite bands, as well as any new release news.

    I am still waiting for the American tour dates for Depeche Mode as well as American dates for The Cure.

  18. Happy Birthday! Thanks for everything.

  19. Happy Birthday….next year you start kindergarten. Exciting times!! Thank you for all your efforts, it is appreciated.

  20. Congrats on a brilliant website! I had no idea it was so young. It’s a daily (sometimes more) visit for me.

  21. Congratulations, Matt, and here’s to many many more!!! Your site is essential, and all the love and work you put into it truly shows. Many thanks for making it a daily highlight for me and all the other faithful! Rock on!!!

  22. william nothing

    thanks for all the hard work

  23. Happy Birthday and thanks for everything you do for us weirdos!

  24. Happy Birthday to Slicing Up Eyeballs,

    Was pleasantly surprised to find out you were only four years young! That means I must have discovered you soon after the launch…and there was me thinking I’d missed out on years of valuable info!

    Best site on the net in my view…I am a twice-daily visitor at least.

    Here’s to many, many more…thank you Matt!


  25. Thank you all for the very kind words. I’m just glad people like this stuff as much as I do…

  26. Many Happy Returns, Matt!
    Your rather fantastic and very informative site has been on my daily basis visit ever since I discovered it – well, you said it – exactly four years ago.
    Keep on doing a great job and do not change anything about it, please. Keep it the way it is now – design et al.

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