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
10:50 am
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
11:33 am
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 9:05 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
10:40 am
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
3:03 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 9:06 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
7:47 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
3:29 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 9:06 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
11:39 am
Tue July 3, 2012

Vote For The Albums Everyone Can Love, For July 3

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Originally published on Tue September 18, 2012 6:48 pm

Another week brings more surprises in our search for the albums everyone can love. According to our most recent poll, a third of you haven't heard the one record we've probably pimped more than any other on All Songs Considered: Bon Iver's For Emma, Forever Ago. Really? A third of you haven't even heard it?

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All Songs Considered Blog
1:00 pm
Wed June 27, 2012

Vote For The Albums Everyone Can Love, For June 27

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Originally published on Wed June 27, 2012 2:20 pm

We're a few weeks and a few polls into our summer search for the albums everyone can love, and so far the results have challenged some of our long-held assumptions. Most of you have never heard Glen Hansard and Marketa Irglova's soundtrack to the film Once (we thought it was wildly popular).

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All Songs Considered Blog
11:53 am
Wed June 20, 2012

Results: Listener Picks For The Year's Best Albums (So Far)

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Originally published on Wed June 20, 2012 5:15 pm

The results are in and it turns out most of you who voted in our mid-year poll really love Jack White's explosive and eclectic Blunderbuss. But the race was close: White's album beat-out the Alabama Shakes record Boys & Girls by less than 25 votes. Beach House's Bloom, one of the most popular records ever in our First Listen series, came in at third. The Shins' Port Of Morrow and Of Monsters And Men's My Head Is An Animal round out the top five.

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All Songs Considered Blog
3:04 pm
Tue June 12, 2012

Vote For The Year's Best Music (So Far)

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Originally published on Thu June 14, 2012 11:06 am

Around this time each year I begin to marvel at how we've already reached the halfway point. I haven't even taken down my Christmas lights yet and already everyone's reflecting on all the great music we've had so far.

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