Beverly, Massachusetts post-rock greats Caspian recently announced their first album in over four years, On Circles (due January 24 via Triple Crown), and a couple days later they performed two very special hometown shows (matinee and night show) at gorgeous theater The Cabot with the Losander Chamber Orchestra. The setlist was the same at both shows (except the late show got an encore), and included the live debuts of a handful of the new songs. Going by fan-shot videos, they looked and sounded massive. Check out some video clips and the full setlist below.

Meanwhile, as the year is ending, we asked Caspian guitarist/keyboardist Philip Jamieson what his ten favorite albums of 2019 were, and he sent a list that includes big Caspian influences (and past tourmates) The Appleseed Cast as well as Appleseed Cast-related band Heartscape Landbreak, fellow Mass band and past tourmates Defeater, and other cool stuff like Tycho, Blanck Mass, Kate Tempest, Bon Iver, Glassing, and more. Check out his full list below.

Caspian will celebrate On Circles with a 2020 tour that hits NYC's Le Poisson Rouge on April 8 (tickets). All dates are listed below.

Here's the new album's lead single:

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PHILIP JAMAIESON'S (CASPIAN) 10 FAVORITE ALBUMS OF 2019

10. Bon Iver - i,i
09. The Twilight Sad - It Won’t Be Like This All The Time
08. Defeater - s/t
07. Glassing - Spotted Horse
06. Tycho - Weather
05. Blanck Mass - Animated Violent Mind
04. Kate Tempest - The Book of Traps and Lessons
03. Mark Korven - The Lighthouse (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)
02. The Appleseed Cast - The Fleeting Light of Impermanence
01. Heartscape Landbreak - The Remedy

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CASPIAN LIVE AT THE CABOT - 11/16/19

Caspian at The Cabot -- 11/16/19 Setlist (via)
First Half:
Nagoya (New song)
Ishmael (New song)
Hymn For The Greatest Generation
The Dove
ASA
Aeternum Vale
Dust and Disquiet
Division Blues (New song)

Second Half:
The Bluebird (Charles Bukowski song) (played over PA)
Wildblood (New song)
Flowers of Light (New song)
High Lonesome
Hickory '54 (Extended outro)
Ríoseco
Gone in Bloom and Bough ('taps' was played to segue in to second half of song with extended saxophone solo by John Aruda)
Arcs of Command

Encore:
Castles High, Marble Bright (played only in evening show, orchestra did not play during this song)

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Caspian -- 2019/2020 Tour Dates
December 6 Chengdu, China Zhenghuo Art Flame
December 8 Beijing, China Tango 3F
December 10 Wuhan Shi, China Vox Livehouse
December 11 Nanjing Shi, China Space
December 12 Hangzhou, China Mao Livehouse
December 13 Shanghai, China Mao Livehouse
December 14 Shenzhen Shi, China B10 Live
December 15 Guangzhou, China T:Union
December 17 Tokyo, Japan Koenji High
January 30 Los Angeles, CA Masonic Lodge at Hollywood Forever
January 31 Phoenix, AZ Rebel Lounge
February 1 San Diego, CA The Casbah
February 3 Fresno, CA Strummer’s
February 4 Felton, CA Felton Music Hall
February 5 San Francisco, CA Great American Music Hall
February 7 Portland, OR Doug Fir Lounge
February 8 Vancouver, BC Biltmore Cabaret
February 9 Seattle, WA Neumos
February 11 Sacrament, CA Holy Diver
February 12 Long Beach, CA Long Beach Art Theatre
March 31 Toronto, ON Lee’s Palace
April 1 Buffalo, NY Rec Room
April 5 Woodstock, NY Colony
April 6 Philadelphia, PA Union Transfer
April 8 New York, NY Le Poisson Rouge
April 9 Washington, DC Black Cat
April 10 Richmond, VA Gallery 5
April 11 Asheville, NC The Grey Eagle Tavern
April 12 Durham, NC Motorco Music Hall
April 14 Atlanta, GA Aisle 5
April 15 Orlando, FL The Abbey
April 17 Nashville, TN Exit In
April 18 Louisville, KY Diamond Pub & Billiard Concert Hall
April 19 Columbus, OH Ace of Cups