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 curates NPR Music's First Listen series, a weekly showcase of select albums you can read about and hear in their entirety before they're officially released.

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 an interpreter 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 also a multi-instrumentalist and composer. His original scores have appeared in work from National Geographic, Center Stage and in films, including the documentary Open Secret. Hilton also arranged and performed the theme for NPR's Weekend All Things Considered. You can hear more 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
1:08 pm
Tue February 10, 2015

Love Songs You Love To Love

Clockwise from upper left: Bright Eyes, Ed Sheeran, Louis Armstrong, Etta James, Peter Gabriel
Courtesy of the artists

Originally published on Wed February 11, 2015 12:23 pm

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All Songs Considered
8:50 am
Tue February 10, 2015

Hear A Brand New Song By Lord Huron

Lord Huron's sophomore full-length, Strange Trails, is due out April 7.
Josh Sanseri

Originally published on Thu April 9, 2015 3:44 pm

Lord Huron's "Fool For Love" opens with a delicate wash of humming bells, a distant organ drone and a few carefully plucked strings. It's a beautiful, meditative mix that shimmers with the kind of hope and determination that only a new day can hold in its earliest hours, just after waking, before the inevitable letdown.

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All Songs Considered
3:02 pm
Thu February 5, 2015

All Songs At 15: The Near Disaster Of Our First Live Concert Webcast

The Bright Eyes setlist from our first-ever live concert webcast in January, 2005. The backwards handwriting you see bleeding through the other side of the page is Coco Rosie's setlist, another band on the bill that night.
NPR

Every Thursday this year we're celebrating All Songs Considered's 15th birthday with personal memories and highlights from the show's decade and a half online and on the air. If you have a personal memory about the show you'd like to share, drop us an email: allsongs@npr.org.

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All Songs TV
12:05 pm
Wed February 4, 2015

The Dodos, 'Competition'

Meric Long and Logan Kroeber of The Dodos bust out serious dance moves in their latest video.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Thu February 12, 2015 8:33 am

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All Songs Considered
11:57 am
Fri January 30, 2015

Drum Fill Friday, For Jan. 30

Jazz percussionist Lionel Hampton once said that "drumming was the best way to get close to God." For me, it's putting together these Drum Fill Friday puzzlers. This week's batch of fills comes from a handful of (I think) instantly recognizable hits, so I'm expecting a lot of perfect scores. Good luck, careful listeners!

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.

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All Songs Considered
12:27 pm
Thu January 29, 2015

All Songs At 15: On Hearing Sufjan Stevens For The First Time

All Songs Considered
1:29 pm
Tue January 27, 2015

New Mix: Modest Mouse, Death Cab for Cutie, Laura Marling, More

Top row: Death Cab For Cutie; middle row, left to right: Laura Marling, Asaf Avidan, Ibeyi; bottom row: Modest Mouse
Courtesy of the artists

Originally published on Tue January 27, 2015 4:10 pm

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All Songs Considered
2:27 pm
Fri January 23, 2015

Drum Fill Friday, With Bobbye Hall

Percussionist Bobbye Hall has played with everyone from Marvin Gaye and The Funk Brothers to Bob Dylan, Stevie Nicks and Pink Floyd.
Courtesy of the artist

This week's Drum Fill Friday features a selection of fills and beats handpicked by the liner-note legend, Bobbye Hall, who was recently featured on Morning Edition.

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All Songs Considered
12:01 pm
Thu January 22, 2015

All Songs At 15: Were The '80s Really That Bad?

Every Thursday this year, we're celebrating All Songs Considered's 15th birthday with personal memories and highlights from the show's decade and a half online and on the air. If you have a personal memory about the show you'd like to share, drop us an email: allsongs@npr.org.

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Drum Fill Friday
12:41 pm
Fri January 16, 2015

Drum Fill Friday: Unfailing Flailing

Originally published on Fri January 16, 2015 1:10 pm

I'm not a drummer. And it's a lot harder for me to articulate why one fill works over another than it is for people who've been hitting the toms since they were kids. So when our guest Quizmasters have the week off and I put together one of these puzzlers myself, I just reach for the songs that always get me air drumming. Driving in the car, waiting for the Metro, walking down the street — the fills in this week's Drum Fill Friday are all ones that get my arms flailing. I wonder if it's strange for drummers to know they've created beats and patterns that idiots like me try to pantomime.

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All Songs Considered
2:04 pm
Thu January 15, 2015

All Songs At 15: How To Get The Greatest Job In The World

Robin's redesign demo for All Songs Considered from 2000. (Don't laugh, this looked pretty cool 15 years ago).
Robin Hilton

Originally published on Thu January 15, 2015 2:34 pm

Every Thursday this year we're celebrating All Songs Considered's 15th birthday with personal memories and highlights from the show's decade and a half online and on the air. If you have a personal memory about the show you'd like to share, drop us an email: allsongs@npr.org.

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All Songs Considered
7:03 am
Thu January 15, 2015

Song Premiere: Jackson Scott, 'Pacify'

Jackson Scott's sophomore album Sunshine Redux is due out April 28 on Bloodmoss Records.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Thu January 15, 2015 8:14 am

The young singer and guitarist Jackson Scott first popped up on our radar when he released his psych-pop debut Melbourne in 2013. It was a lo-fi wonder that included an unsettling but strangely sunny (and unforgettable) tribute to the children killed at Sandy Hook.

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All Songs Considered
12:15 pm
Fri January 9, 2015

Drum Fill Friday: Beat Week Edition

I hope you had a good, long, refreshing break over the holidays. Or should I say... drum break? Ha ha ha ha ha ha! Sigh.

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All Songs TV
2:03 am
Fri January 9, 2015

Childish Gambino, 'Sober'

Childish Gambino, aka actor, singer and rapper Donald Glover, in a scene from his new video for the song, "Sober."
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Tue January 20, 2015 9:04 am

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All Songs Considered
3:53 pm
Thu January 8, 2015

Throwback Thursday: A Milestone For Internet Radio

All Songs Considered host and creator Bob Boilen in 2000, back when he still had a luxurious, full head of mink-like hair.
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Fifteen years ago this month, All Songs Considered posted its very first episode. When you listen to that debut (with the link above) and hear host Bob Boilen say it's "a music show for your computer!" it feels very quaint by today's standards. But when ASC first launched, it was considered groundbreaking.

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All Songs Considered
9:02 am
Mon December 22, 2014

Bob And Robin's Holiday In Space

Originally published on Mon December 22, 2014 9:20 am

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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 Zoë 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 Thu April 9, 2015 4:20 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

Originally published on Fri January 9, 2015 6:25 am

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

Originally published on Fri January 9, 2015 6:26 am

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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