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
3:04 pm
Mon February 3, 2014

Question Of The Week: What Musician Do You Love No Matter What?

Henry Ruggeri

Tomorrow on All Songs Considered we'll post a conversation we taped recently with Beck, about his new album Morning Phase. (We'll also premiere a new song from that album called "Waking Light"). While prepping for the interview, I looked over Beck's body of work from the past 20 years, and realized I couldn't find a single song or project of his I disliked. Sure, there are plenty of recordings and songs I like more than others.

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All Songs Considered
10:19 am
Fri January 31, 2014

Son Lux, 'Alternate World'

Scene from the Song Lux video "Alternate World."
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Originally published on Wed July 2, 2014 2:07 pm

Reality is nine-tenths perception, even in our most intimate relationships. Is it love? Infatuation? Is it real and lasting? All we have are the choices we make. In the latest video from electro-beat guru Son Lux, a torrid relationship plays out between two lovers, as frontman Ryan Lott reflects on the possibilities of an "Alternate World."

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All Songs Considered
5:02 am
Wed January 29, 2014

Sebadoh, 'A State Of Mine'

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Originally published on Wed July 9, 2014 8:32 am

When bassist and singer Lou Barlow first formed Sebadoh in 1986, he was an early-twentysomething who wrote sublime, brooding songs about youthful angst and heartache. Now in his late 40s, Barlow writes songs under the Sebadoh moniker that are no less introspective. But he's more agitated and inspired by the trappings of adulthood, from the pressures he feels to make money to life lessons he should have learned by now, to how best to care for his children.

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All Songs Considered
5:02 am
Thu January 23, 2014

The Zolas, 'Ancient Mars'

A scene from The Zolas video "Ancient Mars."
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Originally published on Tue July 8, 2014 9:55 am

Around this time last year, 21-year-old Elisa Lam went missing during a solo trip to Los Angeles. A month after her disappearance was reported, her body was found in a hotel's rooftop water tank. While it's unclear what happened, investigators ruled out foul play, leaving everyone to speculate wildly about her mental state and possible motivations.

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All Songs Considered
8:31 am
Thu January 16, 2014

A World Of Live Music, Captured With Pen And Paper

The Wu Force, captured in an illustration by Michael Arthur.
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While photographers click and shoot their way through live concerts, capturing the best moments in fractions of seconds, illustrator Michael Arthur prefers to preserve the highlights at what some might consider glacial speed, using pen and ink.

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All Songs Considered
6:02 am
Wed January 8, 2014

Ambien Dreams And Naked Desert Walks: St. Vincent On Her New Album

Renata Raksha Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Wed January 8, 2014 12:25 pm

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All Songs Considered
2:00 pm
Mon January 6, 2014

Question Of The Week: What Are Your Music Resolutions For 2014?

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I began last year with some ambitious goals as far as music goes. I vowed to go to more live shows, to pay more attention to lyrics and to spend more time in general with the albums I hear. This was in addition to losing weight, writing a novel and quitting World Of Warcraft. (Ha ha, just kidding! Why would anyone quit World Of Warcraft?).

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All Songs Considered
5:08 am
Mon December 16, 2013

Robin Hilton's Top 10 Albums Of 2013

The Flaming Lips put out Robin Hilton's favorite album of the year. Son Lux, Telekinesis, James Blake, Foxygen, and many, many other artists and bands also released Robin's number one album of the year.
George Salisbury

Originally published on Thu January 9, 2014 10:14 am

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All Songs Considered
3:31 pm
Mon November 18, 2013

Question Of The Week: What Song Describes Your Family?

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We need some help putting together next week's show. Thanksgiving is coming up, and for a lot of you, this means you'll be spending some close time with family. Maybe it's more time with family than you want. Or maybe you can't get enough of it. Either way, it's an opportunity to reflect on the people in our lives and how they've shaped who we are.

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All Songs Considered
1:50 pm
Wed November 13, 2013

Results? The Albums Everyone Can Love

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Originally published on Thu November 14, 2013 8:07 pm

A while back (a long while back), Bob Boilen and I were sitting around the office, chatting like we do about music and life, and got to wondering: Is it possible to come up with a top ten list of albums that everyone can agree on?

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All Songs Considered
9:53 am
Fri November 8, 2013

The 2013 Mountain Oasis Festival In GIFs

Nine Inch Nails frontman Trent Reznor, performing live at the 2013 Mt. Oasis festival.
Adam Kissick NPR Music

Late this past month, the first-ever Mountain Oasis music festival popped up in Asheville, N.C. for three days and nights of glorious weirdness. Officially called the Mountain Oasis Electronic Music Summit, the event featured bands both big (Nine Inch Nails) and small (Adventure Club), thrilling audiences with thumping dance, mind-blowing electronic, fist-pounding rock and more.

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All Songs Considered
6:03 am
Tue November 5, 2013

Perera Elsewhere, 'Giddy'

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Originally published on Wed July 9, 2014 9:06 am

The music of Perera Elsewhere sounds like it was picked up from outer space, like a strange, haunting frequency drifting through the ether from god-knows-where. So it makes sense that the Berlin-based DJ and ambient trip-hop artist brings an otherworldly vibe to life on the video for her song "Giddy."

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All Songs Considered
10:56 am
Mon November 4, 2013

Question Of The Week: Do Music Reviews Matter To You?

Arcade Fire's new album, Reflektor, was the target of mercilessly negative reviews. But did any of them change the way people feel about the band and its music?
Guy Aroch

Originally published on Wed November 6, 2013 11:56 am

Last week's merciless onslaught of negative reviews for the new Arcade Fire record, Reflektor, sparked a conversation here in the All Songs Considered office about the weight of a writer's words, and whether those words have any real effect on a band's level of success (success in this case being album sales, or otherwise building a fan base).

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All Songs Considered
8:03 am
Thu October 31, 2013

James Vincent McMorrow, 'Cavalier'

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Originally published on Thu April 3, 2014 11:29 am

James Vincent McMorrow first popped on our radar back in 2010, when he released his breathtakingly beautiful debut Early In The Morning, a collection of acoustic folk notable, in part, for McMorrow's remarkable voice. But it turns out McMorrow never really wanted to be a folk singer. His latest album, Post-Tropical, is a sultry, slinky R&B album, with drum machines and soul-inspired harmonies. Now comes a dark, sometimes unnerving new video for the album's first single, "Cavalier."

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All Songs Considered
4:03 pm
Mon October 28, 2013

Tyler, The Creator's Video For Anonymous Artist

The latest video directed by Tyler The Creator is from an artist who wishes to remain anonymous.
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Originally published on Wed July 9, 2014 7:38 am

The latest video from Odd Future co-founder Tyler, The Creator isn't at all what you might expect. The Los Angeles rapper and producer, known for his dark, dystopian hip-hop, takes on a breezy pop ballad for the short and vividly beautiful film. Tyler didn't write the song and isn't saying who did. But he was so moved by it he agreed to write and direct the video.

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All Songs Considered
5:52 am
Thu October 24, 2013

Song Premiere: Colin Meloy, 'Do You Remember Walter'

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Decemberists frontman Colin Meloy is back with another covers project. This time its for music by The Kinks. Meloy began releasing Colin Meloy Sings cover EPs in 2005 to coincide with his various solo tours.

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All Songs Considered
8:03 am
Wed October 23, 2013

Song Premiere: The Flaming Lips, 'If They Move, Shoot 'Em'

J. Michelle Martin Coyne

The Flaming Lips have always had a fondness for science fiction and fantasy, with a vast catalog of songs about robots, spontaneous human combustion, telepathy, wizards, and UFOs. The band's latest source of inspiration is the sci-fi novel (and new movie) Ender's Game, which tells the story of Earth's futuristic battle with insect-like aliens called "Buggers." A new EP from The Flaming Lips, The Peace Sword includes six songs inspired by the story, including this dark, strange, synth-heavy jam "If They Move, Shoot 'Em."

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All Songs Considered
6:08 am
Thu October 3, 2013

Jackson Scott, 'Sandy'

Video for the Jackson Scott song "Sandy."
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Originally published on Mon July 7, 2014 2:57 pm

Musicians have a long history of turning tragedy into art. From Neil Young's stirring indictment against the shooting of Kent State students in the 1970 song "Ohio," to the countless tributes and musical memorials to 9-11, artists often feel a need to make sense of the senseless and offer comfort through song.

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All Songs Considered
8:03 am
Fri September 20, 2013

First Watch: Lucy Schwartz, 'Boomerang'

A dog plays trombone in a new video for the song "Boomerang," by Los Angeles singer Lucy Schwartz.
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Originally published on Fri September 20, 2013 10:10 am

I won't lie to you. I love anthropomorphizing dogs. Maybe it's because I like dogs more than people, but need to believe they're somewhat human in order to sustain the kind of long conversations about life and music I have with my own yellow lab, Cornflake (not her real name), without feeling insane.

All of which is to say that when I saw this new video for the song "Boomerang" by Los Angeles singer Lucy Schwartz, I immediately fell in love.

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All Songs Considered
11:30 am
Mon September 16, 2013

Question Of The Week: Does Your College Roommate's Music Drive You Nuts?

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All Songs Considered
6:03 am
Wed September 11, 2013

First Watch: Polyphonic Spree, 'Raise Your Head'

A man calmly opens a bag of pretzels while another is mauled by a tiger in this scene from The Polyphonic Spree's "Raise Your Head" video.
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Originally published on Wed September 11, 2013 6:56 am

The inventor and engineer Rube Goldberg was known for designing elaborate machines that performed simple tasks, usually in a string of successive events, each one triggering the next. His work has been the inspiration for a lot of fantastic art and music videos (think of OK Go's "This Too Shall Pass," or A-Trak's "Tuna Melt").

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All Songs Considered
2:20 pm
Thu August 29, 2013

'The Worse Things Get': Life Lessons From Neko Case

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Originally published on Sun September 1, 2013 3:51 pm

On her latest album, The Worse Things Get, The Harder I Fight, The Harder I Fight, The More I Love You, singer Neko Case lays her heart — and her healthy sense of humor — bare. It's a deeply personal record that, among other things, offers intimate, sometimes wry meditations on the recent loss of both of her parents and a grandmother. NPR Music's Stephen Thompson and I spoke with Neko Case about the music, and shared questions from listeners, in this interview that we originally webcast live on Aug. 29.

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All Songs Considered
1:39 am
Wed August 28, 2013

Okkervil River: Coming Of Age In Small Town America

Click to see an interactive map of Meriden, N.H., with stories from Okkervil River's Will Sheff about his childhood there.
William Schaff

Originally published on Thu August 29, 2013 2:15 pm

I grew up in a town of about 6,000 people in rural Kansas back in the '70s and '80s. I've never romanticized it much, though it was certainly a simpler time and, for better or worse, it's where I learned to make some sense of my life. The world you inhabit when you come of age in your teen years has a way of digging its claws in you. As the years pass, no matter how far you try to get away from it, it stays with you. The people, the places, the sounds and even the smells become a part of your DNA.

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All Songs Considered
2:38 pm
Mon August 26, 2013

Question Of The Week: Where Do You Stand To See Shows?

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All Songs Considered
11:18 am
Mon August 26, 2013

Tom Stoppard's Daring 'Dark Side Of The Moon' Makeover

Posters of the iconic prism cover art from Pink Floyd's psychedelic masterpiece The Dark Side Of The Moon still adorn countless college dorm walls, 40 years after its release.
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Originally published on Tue August 27, 2013 8:51 am

Few albums hold a place in the hearts and minds of its fans (myself included) quite like Pink Floyd's psychedelic masterpiece The Dark Side Of The Moon. In the four decades since its release, it remains, for many, an almost sacred work of art, endlessly dissected by legions of fans dying to to unravel its myriad mysteries. What are all those background voices really saying? What does its iconic prism cover art mean?

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All Songs Considered
3:06 pm
Mon August 12, 2013

Question Of The Week: What Are The Best Apps For Making Music?

Apple's Garage Band for the iPad and iPhone includes virtual instruments, such as piano and drums, you can play like the real thing.
 

Originally published on Tue August 13, 2013 8:57 am

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All Songs Considered
9:16 am
Mon August 12, 2013

First Watch: Ra Ra Riot, 'Binary Mind'

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Originally published on Mon August 12, 2013 6:40 pm

Syracuse-based rock group Ra Ra Riot's latest album, Beta Love, is steeped heavily in science fiction and futurist theories, with tales of robots, lives stranded in space and, on the song "Binary Mind," the merging of computers and human brains. In a new video for the track, the band members' disembodied heads playfully float and bob in a kaleidoscopic, digital landscape.

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All Songs Considered
10:45 am
Fri August 9, 2013

Ty Segall Talks About His Latest Album, 'Sleeper'

The insanely prolific, mega-awesome rock guitarist and singer Ty Segall.
Denee Petracek

Originally published on Sat August 17, 2013 6:13 pm

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All Songs Considered
9:31 am
Mon July 29, 2013

Question Of The Week: Who's The New Dylan?

Joan Baez and Bob Dylan performing Aug. 28, 1963 at the March On Washington, where Martin Luther King, Jr. delivered his "I Have A Dream" speech.
Rowland Scherman/National Archives Getty Images

Originally published on Thu August 1, 2013 8:26 am

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