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
2:54 pm
Wed February 6, 2013

Hear Lisa Hannigan Cover Nick Drake For A New Tribute Album

Lisa Hannigan performs in one of several live concerts for a new tribute album, Way to Blue: The Songs of Nick Drake.
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Veteran producer Joe Boyd says he'd long resisted putting together some sort of tribute album for his late friend, the legendary folksinger Nick Drake. But he finally decided to make one when Boyd realized that the recordings could be captured in a live concert. "In my opinion, the only way to make a tribute record work is to get everyone together in the same place so there's a unity of sound and spirit," he tells us in an email.

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All Songs Considered
10:35 am
Wed February 6, 2013

In New Spinto Band Video, Even Breakfast Is Cause For Dancing

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Originally published on Fri February 8, 2013 8:41 pm

Joy can blindside you in the smallest, most unexpected moments. That's what happened when I watched this new video from Delaware's Spinto Band, for the song "What I Love." As a miniature paper cut-out of a gymnast dances and tumbles across a colorful breakfast table, I found myself filled with pure bliss.

A spiky, upright piano and bouncing rhythms from The Spinto Band propel the tiny dancer through her routine. Suddenly, something as mundane as drinking coffee and eating cereal seem like cause for celebration.

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All Songs Considered
12:32 pm
Mon February 4, 2013

Question Of The Week: Which Songs Get You Through The Winter?

Fleet Foxes were among the many artists listeners say they turn to to survive the winter months.
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Originally published on Fri February 8, 2013 4:26 pm

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All Songs Considered
9:43 am
Thu January 31, 2013

Trent Reznor: New Band, New Song, New Video, Still Terrifying

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Originally published on Thu November 14, 2013 10:45 am

The members of How To Destroy Angels, a collective featuring Nine Inch Nails frontman Trent Reznor, his wife and singer Mariqueen Maandig, art director Rob Sheridan and the brilliant composer Atticus Ross, have an unambiguously grim view of where civilization is headed. In a new video for the song "How Long," from the band's upcoming album Welcome Oblivion, man hunts man in (surprise) a terrifying, dystopian future.

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All Songs Considered
2:12 pm
Wed January 30, 2013

From My Bloody Valentine's Many Layers, An Orchestral Pop Song Emerges

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Originally published on Wed January 30, 2013 3:32 pm

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All Songs Considered
3:00 pm
Tue January 29, 2013

First Watch: Hem, 'Tourniquet'

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Nearly a decade after releasing its deeply moving and profoundly beautiful album Rabbit Songs, the Brooklyn-based band Hem was on the verge of falling apart. "I actually believed that Hem might never make music together again as a band," songwriter and pianist Dan Messe tells us in an email. "Everything about who we were, where we lived, and how we related to each other seemed beyond repair."

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All Songs Considered
1:05 pm
Mon January 28, 2013

Thao Confronts Critic In Hilarious New Video

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Originally published on Tue January 29, 2013 11:42 am

Thao Nguyen of Thao & The Get Down Stay Down wants you to know she really doesn't care what critics say about her music. But in a comical new video to spoof her band's latest album, We The Common, the singer decides that one writer has gone too far.

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All Songs Considered
10:38 am
Mon January 28, 2013

Question Of The Week: Who Is Making Today's Most Original Music?

When we asked listeners who's making today's most original music, we got a lot of great picks, including hip-hop artist Lil Wayne.
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Originally published on Wed February 6, 2013 11:03 am

Editor's Note: We got a ton of great suggestions from you for this 'Question Of The Week,' so we decided to put together playlists at Rdio and Spotify featuring some of your picks.

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All Songs Considered
1:10 pm
Fri January 25, 2013

First Watch: Adam Green & Binki Shapiro

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Originally published on Sat January 26, 2013 5:02 am

Adam Green (The Moldy Peaches) and singer Binki Shapiro (Little Joy) were both going through breakups when they wrote "Just To Make Me Feel Good," a deceptively breezy cut from the duo's debut, self-titled collection of late '60s folk-pop. In their new video for the song, Green and Shapiro wander the city streets, lamenting a lost love and all the little things each of them took for granted.

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All Songs Considered
10:54 am
Wed January 23, 2013

Nick Cave To Kick Off NPR Music's SXSW Showcase

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