Seattle's version of Can? Well remember meeting my share of people up there who know very well of Can. I was told Jessamine was a Seattle version of Can (if I remember right, Jessamine were originally from Ohio, then moved to Seattle, but musically they sound very Seattle). I bought on LP The Long Arm of Coincidence, nicely packaged, with a cool embossed cardboard-like cover and a cardboard-like insert. For me the album sounds a whole lot like how Can, circa Monster Movie or Tago Mago would sound like if they were a Seattle band, they had no members with the talents of Jaki Liebezeit, Michael Karoli, Holger Czukay, and Irmin Schmidt, and had a much greater tendency to experiment with feedback. There is a very strong Seattle indie-sound to it too, and I really dig the electronics, which has a very analog sound, which I am really happy about (especially given how dominated the digital sound was in '96). It reminds me very much of those early 1970s Krautrock albums that tend to the experimental and spacy side. Female bassist and vocalist Dawn Smithson, well, I can live without her singing as she sounds like she's going through heroin withdrawl. Guitarist and vocalist Rex Ritter tends to include lots of feedback and it's pretty obvious his style was influenced by that city's grunge scene. The drummer obviously could use a little practice. While I find Jessamine really interesting for a Seattle indie band and the fact they did something a little different in a land of a thousand Nirvana clones, they sounded like they did not have enough good ideas to cram on to two LPs of The Long Arm of Coincidence, making it a little tedious to sit through. At least they tried. But if you like Jessamine, you might want to try some Can (particularly Tago Mago) to see where this band got many of their ideas.