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.


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

Vote For The Albums Everyone Can Love, For June 27


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)


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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All Songs Considered Blog
1:13 pm
Tue June 5, 2012

Hear A Preview Of Grizzly Bear's New, As-Yet-Unnamed Album

Grizzly Bear in the studio.
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Originally published on Wed June 6, 2012 10:25 am

Fans of the Brooklyn-based art-pop group Grizzly Bear won't have much longer to wait for a new record. The band says it'll drop the as-yet-unnamed album on Sept. 18. It'll include this opening cut, "Sleeping Ute."

This is Grizzly Bear's fourth full-length studio release, and first since 2009's Veckatimist. Here's the full track listing for the new record:

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All Songs Considered Blog
12:40 pm
Fri May 25, 2012

Drum Fill Friday, From Wild Flag's Drummer Janet Weiss

Wild Flag (and former Sleater-Kinney) drummer Janet Weiss, performing live at the NPR Music day party, during the South by Southwest Music Festival in Austin, TX.
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Originally published on Wed March 26, 2014 9:22 am

This week's quiz comes courtesy of Janet Weiss, drummer for the band Wild Flag (and former drummer for Sleater-Kinney). She's got some killer fills and intros here that (I thought) ranged from pretty easy to pretty hard. But see what you think.

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

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All Songs Considered Blog
1:52 pm
Tue May 22, 2012

Old Music Tuesday: Black Sabbath's 'Vol. 4'

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Originally published on Tue May 22, 2012 2:07 pm

Note: This week's All Songs Considered offers a preview of the upcoming Maryland Deathfest.

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