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    The Melvins '51 States in 51 Days' Tour Diary, Days 43-51: We F***ing Did It!

    Sludge-metal pioneers the Melvins are attempting to break a world record: 51 shows in 51 states in 51 days. Join SPIN for their exclusive tour diary of this ridiculous and completely inadvisable endeavor! Catch up here.October 17, 2012 – Little Rock, AR @ Juanita’s Cantina October 18, 2012 – Baton Rouge, LA @ Spanish Moon October 19, 2012 – Austin, TX @ Mohawk October 20, 2012 – Norman, OK @ Opalis Production October 21, 2012 – Albuquerque, NM @ Launchpad October 22, 2012 – Phoenix, AZ @ Crescent Ballroom October 23, 2012 – Las Vegas, NV @ Las Vegas Country Saloon October 24, 2012 – Los Angeles, CA @ Hollywood Forever Cemetery October 25, 2012 – Honolulu, HI @ The Republik 51 down, 0 to go!The last week of the tour was probably the hardest. Mentally, not physically. A good stretch of I-10 was closed in Louisiana causing delays. We almost didn't make it to Phoenix.

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    The Melvins '51 States in 51 Days' Tour Diary, Days 39-41: What the Hell Is a Funkadelic

    Sludge-metal pioneers the Melvins are attempting to break a world record: 51 shows in 51 states in 51 days. Join SPIN for their exclusive tour diary of this ridiculous and completely inadvisable endeavor! Catch up here.October 13, 2012 - Athens, GA @ 40 WattOctober 14, 2012 – Birmingham, AL @ Bottle TreeOctober 15, 2012 – Pensacola, F L@ Vinyl Music Hall41 down, 9 to goThe South is a strange place. It seems to me that it's never quite recovered from the Civil War. The ghosts are still here and you can feel them. Sometimes you see them. The first time we came down here was a real eye opener. There was still a lot of racial tension, and there still is in some places. Not that there isn't racism and discrimination everywhere else in the country, it's just much more out in the open in certain areas down here. You can drive 30 miles outside of any major city in the U.S.

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    The Melvins '51 States in 51 Days' Tour Diary, Days 31-34: Sandwiches From the 52nd State!

    Sludge-metal pioneers the Melvins are attempting to break a world record: 51 shows in 51 states in 51 days. Join SPIN for their exclusive tour diary of this ridiculous and completely inadvisable endeavor! Catch up here.October 5, 2012 – Hoboken, NJ @ Maxwell’s October 6, 2012 – Wilmington, DE @ Mojo 13 October 7, 2012 – Baltimore, MD @ Ottobar October 8, 2012 – Washington, DC @ Black Cat 34 down, 17 to goThe Sun finally came back out after weeks of drab and dreary weather. What a great day to be in New Jersey! Wait, has anyone said that before ever? Tonight we play Maxwell's in Hoboken. We've played here quite a few times over the years. I didn't discover until this time that the intersection the club is on is where Elysian Fields used to be. Home of the first-ever organized baseball game! The bases are marked on each corner, putting the stage in left field.

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    The Melvins '51 States in 51 Days' Tour Diary, Days 22-26: Patchouli Vs. Farts

    Sludge-metal pioneers the Melvins are attempting to break a world record: 51 shows in 51 states in 51 days. Join SPIN for their exclusive tour diary of this ridiculous and completely inadvisable endeavor! Catch up here.September 27, 2012 – Allentown, PA @ Crocodile Rock Cafe September 28, 2012 – South Burlington, VT @ Higher Ground September 29, 2012 – Dover, NH @ Dover Brickhouse September 30, 2012 – Portland, ME @ Asylum 26 down, 25 to goAllentown, Pennsylvania: Strange place indeed! It has that old, musty smell of death. Street creeps hanging in the alley next to the club. The club is a pizza joint in front and a giant, weird beach-themed club in back. Are we anywhere near a beach? Workers at the club are actually very nice and helpful. They seem excited for the show. I don't think they get many bands like us there.

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    The Melvins '51 States in 51 Days' Tour Diary, Days 15-18: Those Stupid, Stupid Canadians

    Sludge-metal pioneers the Melvins are attempting to break a world record: 51 shows in 51 states in 51 days. Join SPIN for their exclusive tour diary of this ridiculous and completely inadvisable endeavor! Catch up here.September 18, 2012 – Fargo, ND @ The Aquarium September 19, 2012 – Minneapolis, MN @ Grumpy’s September 20, 2012 – Madison, WI @ High Noon Saloon September 21, 2012 – Chicago, IL @ Double Door September 22, 2012 – Indianapolis, IN @ The Vogue Theatre 18 down, 33 to goI could only think of two things while traveling across the Dakotas. The movie Badlands, where Martin Sheen and Sissy Spacek go on a romantic fairytale killing spree, and Fargo, a not-so-romantic killing spree. There's more quotable dialogue in Fargo than Badlands. Once we get close it starts.

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    The Melvins '51 States in 51 Days' Tour Diary, Days 8, 9 & 10: The Gang Meets Obama!

    Sludge-metal pioneers the Melvins are attempting to break a world record: 51 shows in 51 states in 51 days. Join SPIN for their exclusive tour diary of this ridiculous and completely inadvisable endeavor! Catch up here. September 12, 2012 – Denver, CO @ Bluebird Theatre September 13, 2012 – Lawrence, KS @ The Bottleneck September 14, 2012 – Columbia, MO @ The Blue Note 10 down, 41 to go In Denver we played the lovely Bluebird Theatre. It's been a while since we've played here. In the past, the theater had noise complaints from neighbors, resulting in a severe decibel limit. I've been clocked at 105 without the P.A. system, and with two drummers at times, forget it! They have since done a nice job of soundproofing the joint, so problem solved! Theaters like this are our favorite to play. They're built for performance and sound in mind.

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    The Melvins '51 States in 51 Days' Tour Diary, Day 3: Earthquake Destroys Portland!

    Sludge-metal pioneers the Melvins are attempting to break a world record: 51 shows in 51 states in 51 days. Join SPIN for their exclusive tour diary of this ridiculous and completely inadvisable endeavor! Catch up here. September 7, 2012 – Portland, OR @ Hawthorne Theatre 3 down, 48 to go We stopped at the Country Cousin restaurant in Centralia, Washington, on our way to Portland. I haven't been there in 35 years! My parents would stop there when we would take trips down to Oregon. The one thing I remembered about this place was when you opened the door you could hear a chicken clucking. I was pretty happy that it hadn't changed one bit, except now I'm old enough to order the bacon bloody mary. How could I not? I mean, the pregnant waitress practically begged my to order it just so she could watch someone drink. Portland is the new, hip place to move to.

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