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
9:11 am
Mon January 7, 2013

Question Of The Week: What Are Your Music Resolutions For 2013?

Originally published on Wed January 9, 2013 11:47 am

I'm not very good at keeping New Year's resolutions. One year I resolved to "get into yoga." I even wrote that down on a note card and kept it on the refrigerator. Two months later, after doing nothing, I crossed it out and wrote, "be AWARE of yoga."

This year I didn't bother making a list about health and fitness resolutions. But I do have a mental list of some personal improvements I'd like to make when it comes to music.

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All Songs Considered
11:26 am
Thu January 3, 2013

Ty Segall Forms Yet Another Band, Releases New Songs

All Songs Considered
11:26 am
Tue December 18, 2012

A Holiday Party For The Ages, From All Songs Considered

All Songs Considered hosts Bob Boilen and Robin Hilton rented a cabin in the woods for a special holiday party, with Kishi Bashi, Dan Deacon, Carrie Brownstein, and more as guests.
Mike Brinson Getty Images

Originally published on Tue December 18, 2012 4:22 pm

We decided to go all out for this year's All Songs Considered holiday party. The guest list for this (trust us!) unforgettable night of music and tall tales included Kishi Bashi, Dan Deacon, Carrie Brownstein and Nellie McKay. We hosted the festivities at a secluded cabin we rented one weekend in a snowy woods.

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All Songs Considered
1:28 pm
Mon December 17, 2012

Question Of The Week: What Are Your Holiday Music Memories?

Members of the Victorian State Youth Brass Band of Australia during an attempt to set a world record by playing Christmas carols for 40 straight hours.
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All Songs Considered
7:53 am
Tue December 4, 2012

The Polyphonic Spree Covers John Lennon For The Holidays

The Polyphonic Spree, under a shower of confetti.
Steve Wrubel

Originally published on Tue December 18, 2012 10:48 am

Every year for the past decade, The Polyphonic Spree has celebrated the holidays with a special "extravaganza" in Dallas, featuring dancing, DJs and, of course, the band performing seasonal songs. This year, The Polyphonic Spree celebrates the 10th anniversary of that extravaganza with a live tour of the show, as well as a new CD called Holidaydream. The group also has this beautiful new video for one of the album's standout tracks: John Lennon's "Happy Xmas (War Is Over)."

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All Songs Considered
11:26 am
Mon December 3, 2012

Question Of The Week: What Song Did You Listen To The Most In 2012?

All Songs Considered
12:53 pm
Thu November 29, 2012

First Watch: Mr. Gnome, 'House Of Circles'

Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Tue December 18, 2012 12:07 pm

The Cleveland-based experimental rock duo Mr. Gnome was one of our favorite discoveries from South by Southwest earlier this year, and now the band is back on our radar with an amazing new video. "House of Circles," from Mr. Gnome's recent album Madness in Miniature, is an epic, wildly imaginative story about a band of rebel fighters who attempt to save the world from the evil Queen Machine.

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All Songs Considered
1:27 pm
Wed November 28, 2012

We Get Mail: Can You Have Too Much Awesome?

Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Thu November 29, 2012 7:07 am

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All Songs Considered
5:03 am
Fri November 16, 2012

A Band Becomes Animation, With Amazing Results

Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Fri November 16, 2012 10:42 am

Stop motion with live actors is nothing new in music videos. The Beatles did it nearly 50 years ago for the film A Hard Days Night. Peter Gabriel's 1986 "Sledgehammer" video is still mind-blowing. But few have done it as elegantly as Canadian rock duo The Zolas do for the band's mesmerizing, and amazing new video, "Knot In My Heart."

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All Songs Considered
2:58 pm
Wed November 14, 2012

This Week's Mix: Local Natives, The Who, Gospel Claws, More Discoveries

Clockwise from top: Local Natives, IO Echo, Angel Olsen, cover art for Gospel Claws and The Who's Quadrophenia.
Courtesy of the artists

Originally published on Fri November 16, 2012 1:14 pm

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All Songs Considered
2:39 pm
Fri November 9, 2012

Question Of The Week: Which Bands Should Have Another Record Out By Now?

It's been more than 20 years since My Bloody Valentine put out the band's now legendary Loveless album. Frontman Kevin Shields is promising a followup by the end of the year.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Wed January 30, 2013 11:25 am

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All Songs Considered
5:12 am
Wed November 7, 2012

Dear 'Awful Band Name,' We Forgive You

Singer Ian Hunter of Mott the Hoople made some amazing music. The band name, on the other hand, could have used some work.
Robert Altman Getty Images

Originally published on Wed November 7, 2012 10:00 am

I first found the music of Gashcat buried among 2,000 other songs in a playlist NPR Music editor Stephen Thompson put together to help us prepare for South By Southwest earlier this year. I assumed I wouldn't like them and only listened because I thought the name was ridiculous. Gashcat. What does that even mean?

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All Songs Considered
1:56 pm
Tue October 30, 2012

We Get Mail: The Top Five Secret Ingredients To Make Any Song Awesome

Hulton Archive Getty Images

Originally published on Thu November 8, 2012 1:00 pm

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All Songs Considered
3:00 pm
Mon October 29, 2012

Question Of The Day: Top Five Bands That Should Be Way Bigger Than They Are?

Five Eight giving yet another one of its many memorable live performances.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Fri November 9, 2012 2:48 pm

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All Songs Considered
10:45 am
Mon October 29, 2012

Song Premiere: El Perro del Mar, 'Hold Off The Dawn'

Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Mon October 29, 2012 11:24 am

Ask Swedish singer Sarah Assbring, sole member of the moody pop group El Perro del Mar, and she'll tell you these are grim times, but not without a flicker of hope. "In this world, you think you have no reason to believe in love or in anything much," she says. "Then one day, when you least expect it, a light appears on the far horizon. It's a flickering light, begging you to come, telling you to stay away."

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All Songs Considered
9:52 am
Wed October 24, 2012

Hear Jason Lytle, Sea Of Bees Cover Each Other's Work

Courtesy of the artists

According to legend, once in each millennium, the Music Gods come together and, after much debate, agree to bestow a single magical gift upon the world — a song or album or project so breathtaking, it leaves throngs of people weeping in the streets at its splendor and forever changes the way we hear music. That time is now, as Jason Lytle and Sea of Bees have opted to cover each other's songs.

Okay, fine: Maybe it's not that special. But it's still cool when a couple of your favorite artists dig each other's music and want to work together.

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All Songs Considered
5:03 am
Fri October 19, 2012

Drum Fill Friday, From Dinosaur Jr. Drummer Murph

Karl Walter Getty Images

Originally published on Wed March 26, 2014 9:19 am

This week's drum-fill quiz comes from Murph, longtime drummer for the band Dinosaur Jr. A couple of these are pretty easy, but this was otherwise one of the harder ones I've done. See what you think. Just drag the drum fill or intro to the album it's from. If you get it right, the song names will appear.

Previous drum-fill quizzes.

Here's what Murph has to say about the fills and intros he picked:

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All Songs Considered Blog
3:01 pm
Wed October 3, 2012

First Watch: Lawrence Arabia, 'The Listening Times'

Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Fri October 5, 2012 8:49 am

If it were the late 1960s, Lawrence Arabia might be one of the biggest bands in the world. The group, which is essentially the sole work of New Zealand artist James Milne, makes trippy, perfectly composed, melodic pop, similar to classic works by The Zombies or The Beatles.

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All Songs Considered Blog
6:03 am
Tue October 2, 2012

Song Premiere: Beck Remixes Philip Glass With 'NYC: 73-78'

Philip Glass (left) and Beck.
Courtesy of the artists

Originally published on Sat October 6, 2012 10:58 am

The latest tease from this fall's upcoming collection of remixed Philip Glass tunes comes from Beck. The 20-minute song, "NYC: 73-78," includes snippets from more than 20 Glass songs, which Beck cut together and re-imagined.

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All Songs Considered Blog
5:03 am
Mon October 1, 2012

Song Premiere: Black Moth Super Rainbow, 'Gangs In The Garden'

Tobacco (a.k.a. Tom Fec), frontman for Black Moth Super Rainbow, wants to show you something in the trunk.
The Seven Fields Of Apehlion

Originally published on Sat October 6, 2012 11:03 am

After raising more than $125,000 on Kickstarter, the synth-psych-rock group Black Moth Super Rainbow is set to self-release its fifth full-length record. The gritty, beat-heavy Cobra Juicy is due out on Oct. 23, but the band is giving fans an early taste now with the thick and dirty "Gangs in the Garden."

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All Songs Considered Blog
11:42 am
Thu September 20, 2012

Vote For The Albums Everyone Can Love, For Sept. 20

Yes or no?
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Originally published on Wed October 17, 2012 8:55 am

This will be the last in our summer-long series of polls in search of the albums everyone can love. We've featured a few hundred records since we started back in May, and have found a lot of surprises.

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All Songs Considered Blog
6:14 am
Thu September 20, 2012

Song Premiere: Dana Falconberry, 'Crooked River'

Amanda Longtain

Originally published on Sat October 6, 2012 11:07 am

My favorite new artist seems to change week to week, or sometimes even day to day. It turns out there's a lot of great music being made. But for now, my new favorite is Dana Falconberry. She's been putting out records for a few years, but only popped up on my radar this week. She's got a fantastic new record coming out soon called Leelanau, which includes this meticulously crafted little gem, "Crooked River."

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