Best Of 2011, Guest Editors: Marcellus Hall On The Old Loews Theater, 31 Canal Street, NYC

As 2011 has come to an end, we are taking a look back at some of our favorite posts of the year by our guest editors.

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 all week, he’s also drawing illustrations to accompany everything he writes about. Read our brand new Q&A with him.

Hall: The beat pulsed, and the bass throbbed. In the neighborhood bar, near Strauss Square where the old Loews Canal Street theater still stands, you sat undisturbed whilst a hailstorm raged outside. Golf-ball-sized golf balls sailed netward at Chelsea Piers, and you peered through the bar window and thought about “the one who got away.” A woman crouching near a municipal garden across the street looked both ways. When the coast was clear, she uprooted a plant and carried it to her apartment.

Video after the jump.