Mall was born in Texas, grew up in New Jersey, attended college in Pennsylvania, and (following a two-month detour to Boulder, CO) moved to Chicago in 2002 to attend graduate school. Mall graduated in June 2003 with a Masters of Arts in Social Sciences from the University of Chicago. He is currently a PhD student in Ethnomusicology at the University of Chicago.
He's worked plenty of odd (and not-so-odd) jobs over the years: IT internship, record store manager, Greenpeace street canvasser, college admissions counselor, concert manager for a summer concert series, etc.
Mall has written five issues of Living Proof, a perzine documenting stories from his past. He also edited the compzine Sanitary and Ship (with Kate Sandler and Aaron Cynic). In August 2005, Mall toured as part of the Perpetual Motion Roadshow. He has performed at zine readings in Chicago since 2004, has presented zine workshops with Aaron Cynic, and (along with Emerson Dameron) has worked at local community radio station WLUW since 2004. He wrote for the now-defunct music webzine Splendid for most of 2005. He teaches at DePaul University.
Little-known fact: Mall does not edit his own Myspace page.
Contributions to other zines
- Building nothing out of something: Constructing trans-local community through independent music subcultures. M.A. Thesis (May 2003).
- What would the community think: Communal values in independent music. voiceXchange: A graduate music student journal of the University of Chicago 2, no. 1 (Spring 2006). 
- “Tell everyone we’re dead”: Underground rock and its canon. Paper presentation at the annual meeting of the Midwest chapter of the Society for Ethnomusicology (MIDSEM) (Apr 2006).
- Steady diet of nothing: Affinities, sacrifices, and change at record fairs. Paper presentation at the annual meeting of the Society for Ethnomusicology (SEM) (Nov 2006).