Packet Biweekly

Book by Chris Nosenzo, Nicole Reber & Christine Zhu

 

Founded by Chris Nosenzo, Nicole Reber and Christine Zhu after graduating from Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, Packet began as a collective creative outlet for their thoughts and ideas in a post-grad existence. Packet has since evolved into a biweekly, contribution-based collection of art, writing and miscellanea, self-published and printed on a Risograph RZ390u. In addition to individual issues, which are published twice a month, Packet publishes wire-bound compendiums of six issues at a time, each featuring a cover created by an artist in seasonal ‘residency.’ In its three years, Packet Biweekly has included the work of over 250 artists in 11 compendiums and counting. Its frequency and informality encourages process and experimentation over theme. “In this way,” the makers affirm, “Packet is a holding shape for immediacy, irreverence and the ‘par-baked’,” emboldening artists to work in the present.

This spring, Packet will host an event at MoMA, New York, in conjunction with MoMA Teens and BHQF University, a nonprofit art school. Their session will teach kids how to self-publish, and event participants will work to produce a special issue of Packet.

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Japanese Breakfast

Album “Psychopomp”

 

Japanese Breakfast began as the side project of Philadelphia-based Michelle Zauner, who also fronts the band Little Big League. In June 2013, Zauner released the bedroom tape June under the name Japanese Breakfast, featuring 30 tracks written and recorded on each day of the month. Zauner now releases Japanese Breakfast’s debut album, Psychopomp, showcasing her lovely vocals, pop sensibilities and darker lyrical side.

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Bleached

Album “Welcome the Worms”

 

Sisters Jessica and Jennifer Clavin, previously of LA band Mika Miko, release their second album as Bleached. Welcome the Worms comes on the heels of personal crisis, and much of the album was written during an escape to Joshua Tree, California, with bassist Micayla Grace. Inspired by the iconic tracks of Fleetwood Mac, Heart and Roy Ayers, Bleached worked with producer Joe Chiccarelli (Morrissey, The Strokes, Elton John) for an album of California surf-punk infused with smart, emotionally keen pop melodies.

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Trevor Sensor

Album “Texas Girls and Jesus Christ”

 

The debut EP of 22-year-old Trevor Sensor, Texas Girls and Jesus Christ combines confessional lyricism with Sensor’s rich, growling, age-old vocals. Though he can’t help conjuring an atmosphere of days past, the singer-songwriter wrings freshness out of his honesty. “If I’m trying to do anything, it’s to be sincere,” Sensor says. “A lot of singer-songwriters today are oriented in irony. It’s cooler to be lackadaisical rather than to try to be compelling.”

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Elliphant

Album “Living Life Golden”

Rising Swedish pop artist Ellinor Olovsdotter releases her second album, Living Life Golden, featuring collaborators Azealia Banks, Cirkut, Dr. Luke, Joel Little, Skrillex, MØ, Dave Sitek, Twin Shadow and more. Elliphant is not your average pop star—she has managed to subvert the status quo since she began recording as an amateur in 2011. Alongside her work as a serial collaborator, Elliphant has released three EPs and a 2013 album, A Good Idea.

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Kids in Love

Book by Olivia Bee

 

Olivia Bee’s dreamlike images capture the fleeting moments of youth, intimacy and adventure. The Portland-born photographer was first recognized as a teenager for Enveloped in a Dream, which explores female friendship and the burgeoning self. Bee’s second body of work, Kids in Love, continued to chronicle friends and loves with hazy romanticism. These two works make up her new book, also entitled Kids in Love, which gives voice to the millennial generation and their experience of youth with a foreword by Rookie Magazine founder Tavi Gevinson.

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Give Me Love

Book by Yayoi Kasuma

 

Japanese artist Yayoi Kasuma is world-renowned for her performance art and environmental installations, which infuse spaces with colorful psychedelia, repetition and pattern. Her latest installation marks the US debut of the The Obliteration Room, an all-white interior which visitors gradually cover with dot stickers of varying colors and sizes. The Obliteration Room is currently showing at David Zwirner, New York, and Give Me Love documents its transformation from a clean, white slate to an overwhelming, color-infused collaborative space. The book also includes Kusama’s recent large-format paintings from the My Eternal Soul series and a selection of new, large Pumpkin sculptures, a form that Kusama has been exploring since the 1950s.

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Cullen Omori

Album “New Misery”

 

As frontman of the Smith Westerns, Chicago-based Cullen Omori was an ascendant indie star before he even left high school. Following the band’s 2014 breakup, 25-year-old Omori confronted that legendary creative obstacle: the paralyzing fear that your best work is already behind you. Omori cites this anxiety as impetus for his solo debut, New Misery.

He capably transcends the pitfalls of reinvention on this album, which he recorded with producer Shane Stoneback (Sleigh Bells, Vampire Weekend, Fucked Up). New Misery expands Omori’s range well beyond the guitar-driven, garage-glam rock of the Smith Westerns and into a synth-laden sonic palette that showcases Omori’s personal take on the classic pop formula. The result is all-embracing, with apparent influences as disparate as Hall and Oates and Joy Division, and invokes the true-to-life sensation of stepping onto a new path, hoping the best is yet to come.

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