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 TV
2:02 pm
Wed September 17, 2014

YAWN, 'Flytrap'

A scene from Yawn's video for the song "Flytrap."
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Thu September 18, 2014 4:28 pm

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All Songs Considered
8:03 am
Fri September 12, 2014

Drum Fill Friday, With Spoon's Jim Eno

Originally published on Tue October 14, 2014 12:39 pm

Jim Eno is a less-is-more drummer. His work as the longtime drummer for the band Spoon is distinctive for its carefully plotted lines. It's elegant and melodic, never over-the-top or showy. It's a style and taste he shares with all of the drummers he selected for this week's puzzler as our guest Quizmaster.

Eno and the rest of the guys in Spoon are currently on tour for their latest — and one of the year's best — album, They Want My Soul.

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All Songs TV
4:55 pm
Wed September 10, 2014

Daniel Lanois: 'Opera'

Daniel Lanois, in a scene from his new video for the song "Opera."
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Thu September 11, 2014 10:03 am

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All Songs TV
8:03 am
Wed September 10, 2014

Amen Dunes, 'Splits Are Parted'

Amen Dunes is the recording project of Philadelphia native Damon McMahon
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Mon September 15, 2014 12:02 pm

Do not attempt to adjust your computer. Your Internet connection is fine. The flickering, disjointed images that flash before your eyes in the latest video from Amen Dunes, for the song "Splits Are Parted," are intentional.

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Drum Fill Friday
9:42 am
Fri September 5, 2014

Drum Fill Friday, For Sept. 5

Originally published on Tue October 14, 2014 12:44 pm

We've had a good run of guest Quizmasters for Drum Fill Friday (and more to come), but this week we thought we'd feature a puzzler made up entirely of your favorite fills and intros. Each of the artists appearing in the quiz below come from listener suggestions in our comments section.

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Tiny Desk Concerts
5:38 am
Sat August 30, 2014

Sturgill Simpson: Tiny Desk Concert

Tiny Desk Concert with Sturgill Simpson on July 8, 2014.
Sarah Tilotta NPR

Sturgill Simpson doesn't fit today's common image of a country singer. When he arrived for his Tiny Desk Concert, the 36-year-old Kentucky native sauntered in sleepy-eyed, wearing jeans, a pair of old canvas tennis shoes, no socks and a well-worn button-down blue shirt, one of only two identical shirts he said he had in rotation while on tour. (He appeared a few nights later on Letterman wearing either the same garment or its twin.)

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All Songs Considered
12:00 pm
Fri August 29, 2014

Drum Fill Friday, From Guest Quizmaster Mark Reznicek Of Toadies

Mark Reznicek of Toadies
Tommy Moore Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Tue October 14, 2014 12:44 pm

This week's puzzler comes courtesy Mark Reznicek, drummer for the Fort Worth rock group Toadies. The band is currently celebrating the 20th anniversary of its breakout album, Rubberneck with a tour, and a reissue of the album with bonus tracks.

As always, if you know a fill (or intro) or drummer you'd love to see featured in this game, let us know in the comments section, or via Twitter @allsongs, #drumfillfriday. Good luck, careful listeners!

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All Songs TV
1:53 pm
Thu August 28, 2014

Electric Youth, 'A Real Hero (Live)'

Singer Bronwyn Griffin of the band Electric Youth, in a scene from the group's new video for the song "A Real Hero."
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Fri August 29, 2014 1:04 pm

Canadian synth pop duo Electric Youth won legions of fans for its song "A Real Hero" after it was featured in the 2011 dark crime film Drive. Originally a duo, soundscape artist and drummer Austin Garrick and singer Bronwyn Griffin are at the center of a four-piece in this video, the first-ever video of the group performing the song.

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All Songs TV
1:56 pm
Wed August 27, 2014

The Both, 'Volunteers of America'

Ted Leo and Aimee Mann as The Both, in a scene from their new video for the song "Volunteers Of America."
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Originally published on Thu August 28, 2014 5:09 pm

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Music
3:55 pm
Tue August 26, 2014

Maps, 'You Will Find A Way'

Maps, 'You Will Find A Way'
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Wed August 27, 2014 1:59 pm

What separates us from machines? Is it our capacity for love? Our seemingly bottomless well of cruelty? A new video for the Maps song "You Will Find A Way" poses these questions as a cardboard robot, built by a lonely girl, comes to life and goes out in search of companionship.

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