McNew day rising

Today’s the 23rd anniversary of James’s first show, at Maxwell’s, of course.  Taking the advice of Glinda the Good Witch that it’s always best to start at the beginning, we open with “The River of Water,” but before the evening’s through we’ve premiered “Satellite” and “Artificial Heart.”   Not part of the set: “Drug Test,” but President Yo La Tengo fans don’t go home disappointed, as openers, Sleepyhead, cover it.  Fast forward: If you bought a copy of Prisoners of Love the day it came out, your record is nine years old today.  One more: Last year in Glasgow, Stephen McRobbie joins us during our encore and sings a heart-tugging “Different Drum.”