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
7:03 am
Fri November 16, 2012

A Band Becomes Animation, With Amazing Results

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Originally published on Fri November 16, 2012 12:42 pm

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
5:10 pm
Wed November 14, 2012

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

Clockwise from top: Local Natives, IO Echo, Angel Olsen, cover art for Gospel Claws and The Who's Quadrophenia.
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Originally published on Fri November 16, 2012 3:14 pm

Bob Boilen has had a ban on seeing arena rock shows for more than 30 years, but it may ending. He recently saw The Who at a mega-dome concert, performing one of Bob's favorite albums in its entirety. On this edition of All Songs Considered, hear a cut from that record and why Bob loves it so much.

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All Songs Considered
4:39 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.
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Originally published on Wed January 30, 2013 1:25 pm

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All Songs Considered
7:12 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.
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Originally published on Wed November 7, 2012 12:00 pm

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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Tiny Desk Concerts
2:10 pm
Mon November 5, 2012

Jason Lytle: Tiny Desk Concert

Jason Lytle performs a Tiny Desk Concert on Sept. 28.
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Originally published on Thu November 8, 2012 2:58 pm

Sometimes, it's hard to know what constitutes a band. Billy Corgan wrote and sang all the songs for The Smashing Pumkpins and still records under the name, even though the other original members are long gone. Same deal with James Mercer and The Shins.

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All Songs Considered
4:02 pm
Tue October 30, 2012

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

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Originally published on Thu November 8, 2012 3:00 pm

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All Songs Considered
5:09 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.
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Originally published on Fri November 9, 2012 4:48 pm

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All Songs Considered
12:37 pm
Mon October 29, 2012

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

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Originally published on Mon October 29, 2012 1:24 pm

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
11:52 am
Wed October 24, 2012

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

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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
7:03 am
Fri October 19, 2012

Drum Fill Friday, From Dinosaur Jr. Drummer Murph

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Originally published on Wed March 26, 2014 11:19 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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