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
6:03 am
Tue September 11, 2012

First Watch: The Raveonettes, 'The Enemy'

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Originally published on Tue September 18, 2012 6:18 pm

Just a year after releasing the full-length album Raven in the Grave, Sune Rose Wagner and Sharin Foo — the Danish musicians behind The Raveonettes — are back with yet another shimmering noise-pop record. Observator is out today, and includes the gorgeous cut "The Enemy."

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All Songs Considered Blog
12:03 pm
Mon September 10, 2012

First Watch: Ty Segall, 'The Hill'

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Originally published on Wed September 19, 2012 1:20 pm

The basic overlays and spectral effects used in '80s music videos are so rough and out-of-place, they now seem cutting edge. The prolific, endlessly inspired lo-fi garage-rock musician Ty Segall re-creates that psychedelic vibe on his latest video, "The Hill."

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All Songs Considered Blog
12:56 pm
Wed September 5, 2012

Vote For The Albums Everyone Can Love, For Sep. 5

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Originally published on Wed October 17, 2012 8:57 am

Whitney Houston's 1992 Bodyguard soundtrack was a huge hit. Huge! It sold more than 45 million copies worldwide. Remember "I Will Always Love You"? It's from that record. But according to last week's poll, a staggering 90 percent of you either don't like it or haven't heard it.

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All Songs Considered Blog
9:10 am
Wed August 29, 2012

Vote For The Albums Everyone Can Love, For Aug. 29

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Originally published on Wed October 17, 2012 8:59 am

Bob Boilen and I were out in Portland and Seattle last week on our summer listening party tour, so we didn't post a new poll of albums everyone can love. Fear not: To make up for the week off, this week we've got 40 albums for you. In the coming weeks we'll let you know which records have been doing the best and have some sort of runoff between the highest vote-getters to come up with a top ten we all can agree on (well, most of us, anyway).

Here's this week's double-size poll. Just tell us whether you love, don't love or haven't really heard each album.

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All Songs Considered Blog
2:55 pm
Mon August 20, 2012

What Was The Most Important Band Of Your College Years?

The iconic cover art for U2's 1988 album Rattle and Hum.
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Originally published on Tue September 18, 2012 6:36 pm

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Live in Concert
12:46 pm
Wed August 15, 2012

Live Friday: Dirty Projectors, With Wye Oak

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Originally published on Sun May 12, 2013 6:36 pm

  • Full Audio: Dirty Projectors Live From The 9:30 Club

Few bands make music as strangely captivating - or make it as as fearlessly - as Dirty Projectors. The group's always unpredictable songs crisscross a mind-bending mix of genres and styles, with disjointed rhythms and structures, unusual melodies and harmonies that make it one of the most creative but polarizing groups of the past decade. For some it's an inspired form of high art, while others think it's just plain weird.

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All Songs Considered Blog
12:43 pm
Wed August 15, 2012

Vote For The Albums Everyone Can Love, For Aug. 15

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Originally published on Wed October 17, 2012 9:01 am

I guess it's not that big of a surprise, but according to last week's poll, 67 percent of you haven't heard Big Star's #1 Record. One of the nice side benefits of doing this series is that it gives people a chance to discover great albums they've never heard before, so if you're part of the 67 percent that hasn't heard Big Star, take some time to listen. You'll love it.

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All Songs Considered Blog
12:12 pm
Fri August 10, 2012

Drum Fill Friday, From S. Carey

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

This week's quiz comes from Sean Carey, the drummer for Bon Iver and a fantastic solo artist (who records and performs as S. Carey). We featured his stunningly beautiful debut album, All We Grow in our First Listen series back in 2010. Earlier this summer he released the EP Hoyas.

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All Songs Considered Blog
2:49 pm
Wed August 8, 2012

Vote For The Albums Everyone Can Love, For Aug. 8

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Originally published on Wed October 17, 2012 9:02 am

We started this series of polls, like so many of the things we write and think about, with a simple water cooler conversation. After learning that the entire NPR music team loved Paul Simon's Graceland, we began to wonder whether it's possible to make a top ten list of albums everyone can agree on.

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All Songs Considered Blog
11:01 am
Tue July 31, 2012

Vote For The Albums Everyone Can Love, For July 31

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Originally published on Wed October 17, 2012 9:03 am

Apart from Rubber Soul by The Beatles, there weren't any big winners in last week's poll, the latest in our summer-long attempt to identify the albums we can all agree on.

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