Marcellus Hall first made a name for himself as the frontman of Railroad Jerk, which released four albums on Matador between 1990 and 1996 before breaking up. Hall and RJ drummer Dave Varenka went on to form White Hassle the next year, issuing a handful of records until disbanding in 2005. These days, Hall is pursuing a solo career, and he just released his debut album, The First Line, on Isaac Brock’s Glacial Pace label. Aside from the music, the 13-track LP also shows off Hall’s other big talent: illustration. Since moving to New York City in the late ’80s, Hall has seen his artwork appear in the likes of The New Yorker, The Atlantic, The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal, and The First Line features a 44-page book showcasing his art. Not only is Hall guest editing magnetmagazine.com all week, he’s also drawing illustrations to accompany everything he writes about. Read our brand new Q&A with him.
Hall: After ordering a cappuccino “to go” at the Roasting Plant ®, you sat in the noonday sun and contemplated the comic themes of Cervantes’s Don Quixote and Fielding’s Tom Jones. And the totally hot babes who seem to flood the sidewalks of Manhattan on a daily basis. You thought explicity of the sex act for a while, then banished the thought from your head. “Monagamy is not natural to human beings,” you overheard a Chinese FOB say to a Chinese ABC. Meanwhile, all of your friends are having babies.
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