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 Blog
10:12 am
Mon July 30, 2012

First Watch: Mirel Wagner, 'To The Bone'

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Originally published on Mon July 30, 2012 12:58 pm

A simple approach is often the most affecting. In "To The Bone," the latest video from folk and blues artist Mirel Wagner, the singer slowly rises and sinks in a black pool of water, illuminated only by the faintest light. Wagner slowly turns, falls back, and rises again before something pulls her back under. It's both a seductive and unsettling metaphor for love's darker side.

In an email, Wagner described how the video came together.

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All Songs Considered Blog
12:50 pm
Fri July 27, 2012

Drum Fill Friday, From The Antlers' Michael Lerner

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The selections in this week's drum fill quiz come from the amazing Michael Lerner, drummer for The Antlers. Somehow he found time to put this list together for us while the band was finishing up it's new EP, Undersea. I thought it was a pretty challenging quiz, but see what you think.

Drag the drum fill or intro to the album it's from. If you get it right, the song names will appear.

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All Songs Considered Blog
1:33 pm
Wed July 25, 2012

Vote For The Albums Everyone Can Love, For July 25

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Originally published on Wed October 17, 2012 11:05 am

If last week's poll is any indication, most of you don't care much for Madonna, Dave Matthews, or Whitney Houston, at least not for the records of theirs we suggested.

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All Songs Considered Blog
7:03 am
Tue July 24, 2012

First Watch: Django Django's 'Hail Bop'

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Originally published on Tue July 24, 2012 1:16 pm

The Scottish group Django Django has been tearing it up in Europe since dropping its self-titled, debut collection of fabulously catchy synth-pop back in January. The album won't be available in the States until mid August, but a few cuts have been circulating the Web, including the cosmic romp "Hail Bop," now available in a tasty new, lo-fat video.

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All Songs Considered Blog
12:40 pm
Thu July 19, 2012

First Watch: The Dø, 'The Wicked And The Blind'

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My favorite new discovery of the year is actually an album that came out last fall by a band called The Dø (pronounced "dough"). After months of living beneath a massive pile of other CDs, it finally surfaced a couple of weeks ago and blew me away. It's called Both Ways Open Jaws and it's an epic listen: beautiful but gritty, unpredictable, unsettling and full of mystery.

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All Songs Considered Blog
5:03 pm
Tue July 17, 2012

Vote For The Albums Everyone Can Love, For July 17

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Originally published on Wed October 17, 2012 11:06 am

The deeper we get into our search for the albums everyone can love, the more intriguing our findings become. For example, last week's poll, shows us that a solid majority of you don't care for the Guns N' Roses album Appetite For Destruction, even though it was a huge record when it first dropped in 1987.

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All Songs Considered Blog
9:47 am
Tue July 17, 2012

Song Premiere: She Keeps Bees, 'Counter Charm'

Andy LaPlant and Jessica Larrabee of She Keeps Bees.
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The Brooklyn-based duo She Keeps Bees likes to go it alone. Singer-guitarist Jessica Larrabee and drummer Andy LaPlant have been recording their music at home and self-releasing it since 2006. Their sound is intimate and moody, with incredibly spare arrangements that mix swampy blues with gritty rock.

To record the band's latest single, "Counter Charm," the duo headed to Paris, where they set up a makeshift studio in a small restaurant, late on Halloween night. If they were hoping to bottle the airy creepiness of the time and space, they found it.

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All Songs Considered Blog
5:29 pm
Tue July 10, 2012

Vote For The Albums Everyone Can Love, For July 10

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Originally published on Wed October 17, 2012 11:06 am

We continue our search this week for the top ten records everyone can love with a look back at last week's poll results.

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All Songs Considered Blog
1:03 pm
Mon July 9, 2012

We're Headed To Newport!

Wilco is among the many bands performing at this year's Newport Folk Festival. Watch the group's full performance on NPR Music Jul. 27.
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Originally published on Wed October 17, 2012 11:08 am

NPR Music will hit the road later this month and head north to Newport, R.I., where we'll live broadcast and webcast two weekends of concerts from the Newport Folk and Newport Jazz festivals. Our folk coverage begins with a live webcast of Wilco on Friday night, Jul. 27.

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All Songs Considered Blog
4:00 pm
Tue July 3, 2012

Old Music Tuesday: Andy Griffith's 'Flop-Eared Mule'

Andy Griffith as Sheriff Andy Taylor and Ron Howard as his son, "Opie" Taylor sing together in 1962.
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Originally published on Tue July 3, 2012 10:31 pm

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