Hall’s career in music began with the band RAILROAD JERK, whose deconstructed indie-rock featured on four Matador Records LPs. The Rollerkoaster video appeared on MTV’s Beavis and Butt-Head and the band toured Europe, Japan, and the US. David Berman wrote to him personally, saying “I just wanted to let you know what a great record you've made. Each one's been better, but this one's a leap, best thing I've heard in months, so many ideas... Not normally inclined to write a fan letter, but couldn't help it this time. Congratulations”.
His subsequent band, WHITE HASSLE, mined a stripped-down Americana, recorded three LPs, and toured Europe with releases on Orange Recordings and the French label, Fargo Records. During this period, White Hassle’s Life is Still Sweet title was tattooed on Modest Mouse singer Isaac Brock’s arm and inspired the band’s 2004 hit, Float On. Life Is Still Sweet will be re-released digitally this winter with an accompanying video.
In addition to songwriting, Hall works as an illustrator of children’s books and for publications such as The New Yorker, to which he has contributed six covers. He has published multiple comics-related books and zines, including Kaleidoscope City (2018) and is currently developing a long-form graphic memoir of his coming of age in the indie rock world of the 1990s.