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
1:28 pm
Mon December 17, 2012

Question Of The Week: What Are Your Holiday Music Memories?

Members of the Victorian State Youth Brass Band of Australia during an attempt to set a world record by playing Christmas carols for 40 straight hours.
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I played trumpet in my high school band and wasn't very good. I held the thing down, sort of like a clarinet, and played out of the corner of my mouth. It sounded like I had a kazoo wedged in the tubing. But nobody else in my school was very good either, so I still managed to spend a lot of time at first chair.

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All Songs Considered
12:53 pm
Thu November 29, 2012

First Watch: Mr. Gnome, 'House Of Circles'

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Originally published on Tue December 18, 2012 12:07 pm

The Cleveland-based experimental rock duo Mr. Gnome was one of our favorite discoveries from South by Southwest earlier this year, and now the band is back on our radar with an amazing new video. "House of Circles," from Mr. Gnome's recent album Madness in Miniature, is an epic, wildly imaginative story about a band of rebel fighters who attempt to save the world from the evil Queen Machine.

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All Songs Considered
5:03 am
Fri November 16, 2012

A Band Becomes Animation, With Amazing Results

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Originally published on Fri November 16, 2012 10:42 am

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
2:58 pm
Wed November 14, 2012

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

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 1:14 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
2:39 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 11:25 am

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All Songs Considered
5:12 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.
Robert Altman Getty Images

Originally published on Wed November 7, 2012 10:00 am

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
12:10 pm
Mon November 5, 2012

Jason Lytle: Tiny Desk Concert

Jason Lytle performs a Tiny Desk Concert on Sept. 28.
Ryan Smith NPR

Originally published on Thu November 8, 2012 12:58 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
1:56 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 1:00 pm

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All Songs Considered
3:00 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 2:48 pm

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All Songs Considered
5:03 am
Fri October 19, 2012

Drum Fill Friday, From Dinosaur Jr. Drummer Murph

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Originally published on Wed March 26, 2014 9:19 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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