Mountainhood

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Michael Curtis Hilde, a.k.a. Mountainhood (born October 18, 1981 in Northern California) is an American singer, songwriter, visual artist, and novelist.

Prior to performing and recording as Mountainhood, Hilde was at various times known as Almaden, Almaden Wood, or Almaden Wood and the Transplendence XIV - taking the name from the Mercury mining town where Hilde grew up,[1] a place where Hells Angels and farmers lived.[2] Though style and genre shift from album to album, it has been written that "This is introverted music played as the blues should be."[3]

While operating in San Francisco, Hilde curated and performed at a monthly gathering called The Story.[4] With posters painted by Hilde and visual artist Arik Roper, The Story outlined a new school made up of folk singers and drone groups where "each performer adds a bit to a running narrative during their set".[2] The Story is still going on in New York. Another one happened in 2009. Yet another chapter occurred in Portland, 2010.

The California series took place at The Stork Club in Oakland, and followed in the footsteps of Hilde's San Siern Holyoake & Wood Festival at The Hotel Utah in San Francisco, May 2007, touted as "A Holy Sunday Gathering of the Brightest in New Folk Music from the Length of California" [5]

For Chapter XIII of The Story, Hilde organized the Arthurdesh festival to benefit the counterculture journal Arthur Magazine[6] at Market Hotel. A week later, he organized the first See-In.[7]

Michael Curtis Hilde first began writing and recording while living in the Big Sur redwoods.[1]

His first official release (as Almaden) appeared in Finland on the forest-folk imprint, 267 Lattajjaa, bearing an album title of over fifty words ending in "Blessedhood"[8]

Mountainhood signed to Time Lag Records in 2008.[2]

Discography

Mountainhood - Letters from the Forest of Nisene Marks - October 2014 (Gnome Life)

Mountainhood - Spagyric - October 2013 (Gnome Life)

Mountainhood - America 2 or Nahuel Huapa: A Saga The Intense Vibes of the Rainbow A Tale of Transformation of my Brother - October 2011 (Dead Pilot UK)

Mountainhood - Owlland: The VHS Album - January 2011 (Important Records)

Mountainhood - The Boat-Maker's Daughter - November 2010 (Blackburn Recordings)

Mountainhood - Fox Wedding Morning - August 2010 (Perhaps Transparent Records)

Mountainhood - Shine Shine - May 2010 (The Spooky Town)

Mountainhood - Variable Titles / Live at Deerborn House - February 2010 (Reverb Worship)

Mountainhood - The Road: Part 2 in the Multivisorial Dreamsaga called: The Light - October 2009 (Important Records)

Mountainhood - Deathpod - October 2009 (Blackest Rainbow Records)

Mountainhood - Thunderpaint the Stone Horse Electric - April 16, 2009 (Time Lag)

Mountainhood - Wings from a Storm - April 16, 2009 (Time Lag)

Mountainhood - Art Editions - 2LP  ??? 2009 (Time Lag)

Mountainhood - White Banquet: Live at the Story Chapter I - February 16, 2009 (Reverb Worship)

Mountainhood - Goldeness (being part 1 in the multivisorial dream saga called "The Light") - December 21, 2008 (Ecstatic Yod Collective)

Mountainhood - Brother the Cloud - February 1, 2008 (Reverb Worship)

Mountainhood - Year of the Mountain - January 1, 2008 (Reverb Worship)

Almaden - Come On, Do the Monster Mash - September 1, 2007 (Deep White Sound)

Almaden - The Dream Continues in 1,000,000 Roads as the Journeyman Slumbers to be Awoken by the Berries of Air and Forest, a Dawn Pre-Imagined and so Owned in Footstep and Deed as Our Lovely Sojourner of Unabysmal Light Sojourns 4th into Willowy and Totally Purple Dawning, Day is Upon r Hero and the Golden Rd. of Infinitudinous Blessedhood - August 1, 2007 (267 Lattajjaa)

Almaden - s/t - October 1, 2006 (Private Press)

The Story

Chapter XIV: Priya Zara's Sweet Revenge upon the Population of Ravana-Than-Gur (An Angel's Silence in 6 Acts) - Mountainhood, Bird By Snow, Ilyas Ahmed, I Believe in Sunshine, Pioneer, Plankton Wat
July 6, 2010. The Woods, Portland, Oregon

Chapter XIII: Arthurdesh - MV + EE, Peter Stampfel (Holy Modal Rounders) and the Ether Frolic Mob, Jack Rose, Jana Hunter & TJO, quad (Helen Rush, PG Six, Samara Lubelski, Bob Bannister), Sharon Van Etten, Mountainhood, Headdress, White Hills
Readings by Byron Coley, Louise Landis Levi, Angela Jaeger, Gary Panter, Wesley Eisold & Max Morton, Robbie Snyderman
Visuals by Flying Andes
Production by Todd P
February 28, 2009. Market Hotel, Bushwick, Brooklyn, New York

Chapter XII: Blisses - Marissa Nadler, mv & ee, Mountainhood
Presented by Todd P
February 27, 209. Lutheran Church of the Messiah, Greenpoint, Brooklyn, New York

Chapter XI: Auroras (Sister Show) - Rio En Medio, Avocet, The Lickets
DJ Black Lodge, Visuals by Jon Porras
January 3, 2009. Hemlock Tavern, San Francisco, Calif.

Chapter XI: Auroras (Brother Show) - Mountainhood, Noa Babayof, Mestre
Reading by Robert Snyderman, DJ Lightning Softpaw, Live Aurora Borealis visuals by Lux
December 9, 2008. Zebulon, Williamsburg, Brooklyn, New York

Chapter X: Adam - Sean Smith, Mountainhood, Ms. Chameleon, Elm
DJ Feather
July 29, 2008. The Stork Club, Oakland, Calif.

Chapter IX: Infinyte Splendour of the Immaculate Starblest Mynd - Avocet, Wymond and His Spirit Children, Mountainhood, Oaxacan
DJ Black Lodge
June 10, 2008. The Stork Club, Oakland, Calif.

Chapter VIII: The Light - Mountainhood, Whysp, Aaron Ross, Elms
DJ Black Lodge
May 13, 2008. The Stork Club, Oakland, Calif.

Chapter VII: Grow Your Hair - Bird By Snow, Mountainhood, Birds Fled from Me, Mountain Animal Hospital
DJ Black Lodge
April 8, 2008. The Stork Club, Oakland, Calif.

Chapter VI: White Witch - Sean Smith, Mountainhood, Wymond and His Spirit Children, The Sarees, USAforLSD
DJs Sorcery Bird and Black Lodge
March 11, 2008. The Stork Club, Oakland, Calif.

Chapter V: Love Wins -Colossal Yes, Benjamin Oak Goodman, Alina Hardin, Almaden, Misty Mountain (solo acoustic, N. Emmert of Mammatus), Joseph Childress, Telepathik Friend
DJs Sorcery Bird and Black Lodge
February 12, 2008. The Stork Club, Oakland, Calif.

Chapter IV: Gathering of the Tribes - Mariee Sioux, Emily Jane White, Almaden, Thunderstones II
DJs Sorcery Bird and Black Lodge
January 8, 2008. The Stork Club, Oakland, Calif.

Chapter III: Journey to the Mountain - Aaron Ross, Mass at Dawn, Almaden, Cody Coyote, Gregg Kowalsky, Bird By Snow
Lecturer: Erik Davis
DJ sets by Sorcery Bird and Friends
December 11, 2007. The Stork Club, Oakland, Calif.

Chapter II: Emanations (A Night of Dark Twang and Astral Sojourney) - Lazarus, Almaden, Cabinet of Natural Curiosities, David Enos, Thunderstones II
DJ sets by Sorcery Bird and Friends
November 27, 2007. The Stork Club, Oakland, Calif.

Chapter I: White Banquet - Mountain Bride, Almaden, Frank Lyon
DJ sets by Angela and Willis
The Stork Club, Oakland, Calif.

References

  1. ^ a b Carbone Lewis, Jeanne. "Almaden’s renaissance man." Almaden Times. December 7, 2006
  2. ^ a b c Chun, Kimberly. "Feeding the Fire of Mountainhood. San Francisco Bay Guardian. July 9, 2008
  3. ^ Taylor, Peter. "Mountainhood: Year of the Mountain." Foxy Digitalis. 24 September 2008
  4. ^ Logan, Emily. "The Story Folk Festival." The Bay Bridged. February 11, 2008
  5. ^ SFist. "When the Lights Go Down in the City." May 24, 2007
  6. ^ Time Out New York. Listings. February 26, 2009. Issue 700
  7. ^ Naturalismo. "The First Poppy Seed See-In." March 6, 2009.
  8. ^ Lewis, Simon. "Almaden." Terrascope. August, 2007

External links

  • Time-Lag Label Link
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