“Random Access Memories” by Daft Punk

JUNE 1995, at a quarry somewhere outside of Cleveland (in rural northeastern Ohio), I suddenly came to. I had been tripping balls on a two-week bender of excessive alcohol and a countless hallucinogenics of varying acronyms…  ragged khaki shorts hung loose from my taut 6’2″ 177-pound frame, my dingy brown Pearl Jam “Choices” t-shirt was caked stained in body paint and mud of curious hues. My shoes were gone, and my long wild mane was matted against my face, smelling faintly of sweat, patchouli and sour tobacco. A raging rave that lasted a fortnight, the carnies had now packed up and disappeared — leaving scatted piles of lost souls awakening, blinking blindly in the dawn’s early light.

I had gone through the looking glass but was now back on earth. I had lived a waking dream where I saw my past, present, and future converge. But now, I was awake for real. The party was over.

This was the first thing I thought of as the final bars of Daft Punk‘s 2013 album Random Access Memories (closing track “Contact”) faded into a swirling, clicking, and liquid undulating denouement. I felt rode hard and put away wet. It was as exhilarating an experience as I’ve ever had with an album, and I’ve listened to some heavy shit in my day.

But this album is lovely. The best album of 2013, I’m prepared to say. Sweet and mellow like watermelon on a hot Summer day…  just as sticky, and just as messy.

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Freedom, though priceless, isn’t free

Memorial Day comes again even as thousands of Americans are deployed around the world in the uniformed services of the United States. Inevitably, honoring the fallen and honoring veterans goes together with honoring those who currently serve in our place with their lives on the line.

K.J. Luster takes game to the next level

Rifled-armed and record-setting Overton quarterback K’Jheryion “K.J.” Luster has signed an official letter of intent to play for the Wildcats of Louisiana College.

Luster said after visiting the Pineville, La. campus last week, and meeting the coaching staff, he knew he wanted to be a Wildcat.

“The situation is perfect,” he said. “It’s a good school, a solid team, and an opportunity to play […] I couldn’t ask for anything more than that.”

“I’m excited,” he added. “I can’t wait to get out there and compete.”

Luster, who rewrote the Mustang record book in 2012 for passing yards and touchdowns, led his Mustangs to a 7-5 record and their first playoff win since 1995.

Prosser named to TASB media honor roll

04-20-2011-prosser-mugshotOVERTON — Matthew Prosser, a 1995 Overton graduate and current Managing Editor of the Henderson Daily News, was honored by trustees and the superintendent Tuesday night with a TASB 2013 Media Honor Roll award.

Prosser moved back to the community after attending the University of Oklahoma in Norman and St. John’s College in Annapolis, Md. He currently lives in Overton with his wife, the former Candace Daniels (OHS 1997), and their five children.

Umholtz praised Prosser for being active in the community and school district, saying that he and trustees recognized that desire to give back with the award they presented to him at the meeting.

“I think it goes without saying that Matthew is uniquely qualified for this honor,” Umholtz said to those in attendance. “No community could ask for a more dedicated, hard-working, and talented journalist to cover the news of the day. His skills as a writer and photographer are well known, but what makes Matthew unique is his passion for his hometown in working to make it a better place to live.”

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Evans takes office as Overton mayor

Outgoing Overton Mayor John Ed Welch issued the oath of office to newly-elected mayor C.R. “Coach” Evans during Thursday night’s regular city council meeting.

Welch served two terms before stepping down, but he will continue to serve the City as Place 4 city councilman, where Evans served two terms before running for mayor.

Evans won the race by a 2-to-1 margin, receiving 152 votes (76 percent) to opponent Place 1 city councilman Pat Beets’ 48 votes (24 percent). Beets retains his seat on the council, joined by John Posey and Philip Cox, who were both re-elected to their places.