Robin Hilton

Robin Hilton is the producer and co-host for the popular NPR Music show All Songs Considered.

In addition to his work on All Songs, Hilton produces NPR Music live concerts and festival coverage across the country, including live broadcasts and webcasts from the Bonnaroo and Sasquatch festivals, South by Southwest and the Newport Folk Festival.

Prior to joining NPR in 2000, Hilton co-founded Small Good Thing Productions, a non-profit production company for independent film, radio and music in Athens, GA.

Hilton lived and worked in Japan as a translator for the government, and taught English as a second language to junior high school students.

From 1989 to 1996, Hilton worked for NPR member stations KANU and WUGA as a senior producer and assistant news director and was a long-time contributing reporter to NPR's daily news programs All Things Considered and Morning Edition.

Hilton is a multi-instrumentalist and composer. His original scores have appeared in work from National Geographic, Center Stage and, most recently, in the documentary film Open Secret. You can hear some of his music here.

Along the way, Hilton worked as an emergency room orderly, a blackjack dealer and a fruitcake factory assembly lineman.

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All Songs Considered
12:26 pm
Wed December 17, 2014

Poll Results: Listeners Pick Their Favorite Albums Of 2014

Clockwise from upper left: Spoon, Sharon Van Etten, St. Vincent, Future Islands, Flying Lotus.
Courtesy of the artists

Originally published on Wed December 17, 2014 1:28 pm

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All Songs Considered
6:58 am
Thu December 11, 2014

Robin Hilton's Top 10 Albums Of 2014

Robin Hilton calls Weezer's Everything Will Be Alright In The End "a breathtaking work of art, brilliantly produced.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Thu December 11, 2014 9:14 am

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All Songs Considered
7:03 am
Thu December 4, 2014

Vote For The Best Albums Of 2014

NPR

Originally published on Wed December 10, 2014 10:11 pm

For the past few weeks, the NPR Music team has been huddled together, trying to agree on a list of our 50 favorite albums. We'll post our final list on Dec. 8, followed by hundreds of our favorite songs on Dec. 9 and much more to follow. But we want you to get in on the act by telling us your favorite albums from 2014.

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Music
2:28 pm
Wed December 3, 2014

First Watch: Luluc, 'Tangled Heart'

The silhouettes of Zo√ɬę Randell and Steve Hasset, in a video for the duo's song "Tangled Heart."
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Wed December 3, 2014 3:04 pm

Luluc's new video for "Tangled Heart" is a grainy, melancholy ode to New York and the city's remarkable community of artists.

In a montage of mostly black-and-white found footage, people come and go, shuffling to work or school, or wander the streets as nameless faces. They're anonymous on their own, but collectively offer a breathtaking and prosaic portrait of humanity.

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Songs We Love
10:57 am
Tue November 25, 2014

Father John Misty, 'Bored In The USA'

Father John Misty
Emma Tillman

Originally published on Tue November 25, 2014 12:23 pm

You might want to sit down for this one. The song is "Bored In The USA" and it's the first single from Father John Misty's upcoming album I Love You, Honeybear.

A biting spin on Bruce Springsteen's "Born In The U.S.A.," "Bored In The USA" is a scathing takedown of the mindless materialism and overmedicated emptiness that has come to define the lives of far too many Americans.

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All Songs Considered
11:02 am
Fri November 21, 2014

Drum Fill Friday, For Nov. 21

This week's Drum Fill Friday has something from the '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s and today! (I hope you read that in the deepest, most resonate radio voice possible).

As always, if you have a drummer or a fill you'd like to see featured in these weekly puzzlers, let us know in the comments section or via Twitter @allsongs, #drumfillfriday. Good luck, careful listeners!

All Songs TV
8:22 am
Tue November 18, 2014

Public Service Broadcasting: 'Gagarin'

Two astronauts bust a move in a scene from Public Service Broadcasting's new video for the song "Gagarin."
Courtesy of the artists

Trust me, this is the best thing you'll watch all day.

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All Songs Considered
7:06 am
Fri November 14, 2014

Drum Fill Friday, From Rise Against's Brandon Barnes

This week's guest Quizmaster is Brandon Barnes, drummer for the Chicago-based punk band Rise Against. Known for packing a punch at the kit, Barnes actually got his start in jazz and was influenced early on by drummers such as Elvin Jones and Tony Williams. So some of Barnes' picks for Drum Fill Friday are from drummers who often weave elements of jazz into their otherwise heavy rock beats. Give a listen and see what you think. And as always, good luck, careful listeners.

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All Songs TV
11:11 am
Thu November 13, 2014

Amason, 'Duvan'

YouTube

Originally published on Mon November 17, 2014 11:37 am

In the past 20 years, the world has gotten windier. Maybe it's global warming, maybe it's some kind of cyclical pattern. But whatever it is, winds have picked up by about five percent, and extreme winds caused by storms are up 10 percent.

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All Songs Considered
9:47 am
Tue November 11, 2014

Guest DJ Dave Grohl

Dave Grohl, center, with The Foo Fighters
Brantley Gutierrez

Originally published on Tue November 11, 2014 1:43 pm

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All Songs TV
9:03 am
Fri November 7, 2014

Shintaro Sakamoto, 'You Can Be A Robot, Too'

Courtesy of the artist

Americans can be pretty grumpy on the outside, even when they're actually happy and content on the inside. The Japanese are often the opposite: Civilized and happy on the outside, but perfectly miserable on the inside. (At least that's the assessment my Japanese friends shared with me back when I lived there).

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Drum Fill Friday
6:03 am
Fri November 7, 2014

Drum Fill Friday, For Nov. 7

Originally published on Fri November 7, 2014 7:13 am

No special theme to this week's Drum Fill Friday, unless you count "awesome" as a theme. I've got a little bit of metal, a little bit of R&B, some disco and '90s rock and roll wrapped up in this baby.

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All Songs Considered
12:49 pm
Thu November 6, 2014

You Cannot Be Serious: The All Songs Considered Listening Party

Guests rate the songs at the All Songs Considered Listening Party in Washington, D.C.
Jeff Martin

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All Songs TV
8:03 am
Thu November 6, 2014

First Watch: the one and only PPL MVR, 'People Mover'

Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Thu November 6, 2014 8:51 am

The creatures you are about to see are not Yetis. They're not aliens or mythical beasts. The truth is, we don't really know what they are, who they are or where they're from. We only know they call themselves "the one and only PPL MVR," and claim to be some sort of ancient species (mostly seen around the Los Angeles area).

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All Songs Considered
8:03 am
Wed November 5, 2014

Song Premiere: José González, 'Every Age'

José González returns with his first new solo album in seven years. Vestiges And Claws is due out Feb. 17.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Wed November 5, 2014 10:28 am

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Songs We Love
11:22 am
Mon November 3, 2014

Les Sins, 'Talk About'

Chaz Bundick, known for his work as Toro Y Moi, assumes the name Les Sins for his latest, dance beat project.
Angel Ceballos

Originally published on Mon November 3, 2014 11:29 am

It turns out all Chaz Bundick really wants to do is dance. Since releasing his debut album as Toro Y Moi in 2010, the 27 year-old musician has staked a career on making sometimes idiosyncratic but soulful pop, with occasional shades of R&B. But for his latest project, Bundick assumes the name Les Sins and drops throbbing dance beats, with minimal lyrics, deep bass lines and pulsing synths. It's a full-throttled, unapologetic leap to the dance floor.

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Drum Fill Friday
10:03 am
Fri October 31, 2014

Drum Fill Friday, From Otis Brown III

Drummer and composer Otis Brown III performing live earlier this year in New York City.
Astrid Stawiarz Getty Images

This week's Drum Fill Friday comes courtesy Otis Brown III, a young jazz drummer and composer who's best known for his work with Joe Lovano, but who recently released his own debut solo album, The Thought Of You. Brown's selected a number of intros and fills from some of his favorite vintage jazz tracks, along with some funk, soul and R&B classics, showcasing some of the greatest drummers of all time. Good luck, careful listeners!

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All Songs TV
12:26 pm
Wed October 29, 2014

Greylag, 'Yours To Shake'

Courtesy of the artist

It's easy to define the world in absolutes, but it rarely leads to truth. Reality is usually more complicated, mostly colored in shades of gray, and often unknowable. It's a never-ending struggle to make sense of each other, ourselves and our desires.

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Songs We Love
10:40 am
Wed October 29, 2014

Deerhoof, 'Paradise Girls'

Deerhoof's new album, La Isla Bonita, comes out Nov. 4.
Chad Kamenshine Courtesy of the artist

"Paradise Girls" is bright and upbeat, defined by fluttery percussion and syncopated guitar lines. The song was inspired by the band's long roster of female heroes, including 'Joan Jett, Janet Jackson, [and] Kim Gordon.' For more on La Isla Bonita, visit the band's website.

All Songs Considered
2:03 pm
Mon October 27, 2014

Question Of The Week: What Are The Most Terrifying Songs Of All Time?

Originally published on Fri October 31, 2014 2:02 pm

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Drum Fill Friday
9:45 am
Fri October 24, 2014

Drum Fill Friday, With Sleater-Kinney's Janet Weiss

Sleater-Kinney (and Quasi and Wild Flag) drummer Janet Weiss at the kit.
Tim Bugbee Tinnitus Photography

Drummer Janet Weiss is a force. For the past 20 years, her distinctive punch, precision and signature head swing while at the kit has been a fierce anchor for the bands Quasi, Wild-Flag, Stephen Malkmus And The Jicks and most prominently Sleater-Kinney. Now that Sleater-Kinney is back together, following an eight-year hiatus, it seems like the perfect time to share some of Weiss' favorite fills (and a few intros) for this week's Drum Fill Friday.

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All Songs Considered
8:19 am
Mon October 20, 2014

Sleater-Kinney Reunites, Announces New Album

Janet Weiss (left), Carrie Brownstein (center) and Corin Tucker of Sleater-Kinney. The trio's first album since 2005 will be out on Jan. 20.
Brigitte Sire Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Mon October 20, 2014 10:19 am

Sleater-Kinney is back together, has a new album coming out Jan. 20 via Sub Pop records, and will go on tour early next year. The album is called No Cities to Love, and you can listen to the first single, "Bury Our Friends," right here.

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All Songs Considered
11:18 am
Fri October 17, 2014

Drum Fill Friday, For Oct. 17

One thing that really struck me while putting together this week's batch of drum fills is how different they sound. I don't mean the timing or fill patterns themselves. I mean the timbre of the drums and the way they were recorded. You've got the super tight kits that pop with no ambient trails, the roomy kits that sound like they were captured with a single microphone twenty feet away, a brushed kit that rumbles and rattles. I love it! And all of the chosen kits and recording choices have a massive effect on how we ultimately feel about the song.

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Drum Fill Friday
12:58 pm
Fri October 10, 2014

Drum Fill Friday, From Warpaint's Stella Mozgawa

Drummer Stella Mozgawa, performing with Warpaint at South By Southwest earlier this year.
Jessica Alexander Geisler-Fotopr/dpa/Corbis

Originally published on Tue October 14, 2014 11:38 am

This week's puzzler comes courtesy Stella Mozgawa, drummer for the L.A. rock group Warpaint. The band is currently on tour for its moody, self-titled album, released at the beginning of the year. Mozgawa's picks for this week's quiz range from '80s pop to experimental rock, R&B and electronic music. Good luck, careful listeners!

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All Songs TV
10:30 am
Wed October 8, 2014

Marketa Irglova, 'Fortune Teller'

Marketa Irglova, "Fortune Teller"
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Sun October 26, 2014 4:23 pm

It's impossible to know for certain what tomorrow may bring, but that doesn't keep us from trying. In the captivating new video for her song "Fortune Teller," Czech singer-songwriter Marketa Irglova ponders her own future and the endless possibilities of an unpredictable life.

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All Songs Considered
3:20 pm
Tue October 7, 2014

Guest DJ John Congleton

Producer, engineer and musician John Congleton.
Jeaneen Lund Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Tue November 11, 2014 9:42 am

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All Songs Considered
9:37 am
Fri October 3, 2014

Drum Fill Friday, 'Guardians Of The Galaxy' Edition

The soundtrack to Guardians of the Galaxy was the first soundtrack composed entirely of previously released songs to top the Billboard 200 album chart.
Courtesy of the artist

I don't get out to see many films these days. But I did recently catch a matinee of the super duper popcorn movie Guardians Of The Galaxy. In addition to some spectacular CGI, the film was supported by a solid foundation of Top 40 Hits, largely from the 1970s, such as Elvin Bishop's "Fooled Around And Fell In Love" and The Runaways "Cherry Bomb." At some point it occurred to me that the soundtrack had a lot of good candidates for a puzzler. So ... here it is: The Guardians Of The Galaxy edition of Drum Fill Friday. Good luck, careful listeners!

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All Songs Considered
8:43 am
Mon September 29, 2014

Question Of The Week: What's Your Spinal Tap Moment?

Christopher Guest as Nigel Tufnel, lead guitarist for the entirely fake band Spinal Tap, in the band's 1983 mockumentary.
The Kobal Collection

I once went to a show where the lead singer stripped naked on stage and tried to set his pubic hair on fire. Tragically, his lighter wouldn't work. Try to picture him standing there, completely naked, sadly flicking the lighter over and over and only getting sparks. Finally, one of the three or four people actually in attendance reached up to the stage and handed him theirs. The singer thumbed the lighter, his hair went up in one almost instant poof and the stench of burnt hair filled the club.

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All Songs Considered
6:03 am
Fri September 26, 2014

Drum Fill Friday, With Wild Cub's Dabney Morris

Wild Cub drummer Dabney Morris getting it done.
Merrick Ales

Originally published on Tue October 14, 2014 11:38 am

Dabney Morris has been laying down beats for the Nashville-based band Wild Cub since the group first formed in 2011. The band's debut full-length is Youth and was recorded with help from (Spoon's drummer and Drum Fill Friday Alumnus) Jim Eno. There are at least a couple of fills in Dabney's puzzler you should know right off the bat. The other three, maybe not as much. Either way, good luck, careful listeners!

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