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 curates NPR Music's First Listen series, a weekly showcase of select albums you can read about and hear in their entirety before they're officially released.

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 an interpreter 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 also a multi-instrumentalist and composer. His original scores have appeared in work from National Geographic, Center Stage and in films, including the documentary Open Secret. Hilton also arranged and performed the theme for NPR's Weekend All Things Considered. You can hear more 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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Drum Fill Friday
12:27 pm
Fri February 13, 2015

Drum Fill Friday, With Cursive's Cully Symington

Cully Symington drums for the band Cursive, but has also performed and recorded with The Afghan Whigs, Okkervil River, Shearwater and Bishop Allen
Danin Drahos

Originally published on Fri February 13, 2015 1:04 pm

This week's Drum Fill Friday was put together by drummer Cully Symington. He's currently with the band Cursive, though he's also played with The Afghan Whigs, Bishop Allen, Okkervil River and Shearwater. Cursive is currently on tour for their deluxe reissue of The Ugly Organ, originally released in 2003.

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All Songs Considered
11:19 am
Thu February 12, 2015

All Songs At 15: Our First Ever Tiny Desk Concert

Will Marsh

Originally published on Thu February 12, 2015 1:28 pm

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All Songs Considered
2:08 pm
Tue February 10, 2015

Love Songs You Love To Love

Clockwise from upper left: Bright Eyes, Ed Sheeran, Louis Armstrong, Etta James, Peter Gabriel
Courtesy of the artists

Originally published on Wed February 11, 2015 1:23 pm

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All Songs Considered
9:50 am
Tue February 10, 2015

Hear A Brand New Song By Lord Huron

Lord Huron's sophomore full-length, Strange Trails, is due out April 7.
Josh Sanseri

Originally published on Thu April 9, 2015 4:44 pm

Lord Huron's "Fool For Love" opens with a delicate wash of humming bells, a distant organ drone and a few carefully plucked strings. It's a beautiful, meditative mix that shimmers with the kind of hope and determination that only a new day can hold in its earliest hours, just after waking, before the inevitable letdown.

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All Songs TV
1:05 pm
Wed February 4, 2015

The Dodos, 'Competition'

Meric Long and Logan Kroeber of The Dodos bust out serious dance moves in their latest video.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Thu February 12, 2015 9:33 am

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All Songs TV
10:16 am
Wed February 4, 2015

Natalie Prass, 'Why Don't You Believe In Me?'

Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Thu February 5, 2015 9:42 am

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All Songs Considered
12:57 pm
Fri January 30, 2015

Drum Fill Friday, For Jan. 30

Jazz percussionist Lionel Hampton once said that "drumming was the best way to get close to God." For me, it's putting together these Drum Fill Friday puzzlers. This week's batch of fills comes from a handful of (I think) instantly recognizable hits, so I'm expecting a lot of perfect scores. Good luck, careful listeners!

As always, if you have a drummer or a fill you'd like to see featured in these weekly puzzlers, let us know in the comments section or via Twitter @allsongs, #drumfillfriday.

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All Songs Considered
1:27 pm
Thu January 29, 2015

All Songs At 15: On Hearing Sufjan Stevens For The First Time

All Songs Considered
2:29 pm
Tue January 27, 2015

New Mix: Modest Mouse, Death Cab for Cutie, Laura Marling, More

Top row: Death Cab For Cutie; middle row, left to right: Laura Marling, Asaf Avidan, Ibeyi; bottom row: Modest Mouse
Courtesy of the artists

Originally published on Tue January 27, 2015 5:10 pm

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All Songs Considered
3:27 pm
Fri January 23, 2015

Drum Fill Friday, With Bobbye Hall

Percussionist Bobbye Hall has played with everyone from Marvin Gaye and The Funk Brothers to Bob Dylan, Stevie Nicks and Pink Floyd.
Courtesy of the artist

This week's Drum Fill Friday features a selection of fills and beats handpicked by the liner-note legend, Bobbye Hall, who was recently featured on Morning Edition.

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All Songs Considered
1:01 pm
Thu January 22, 2015

All Songs At 15: Were The '80s Really That Bad?

Every Thursday this year, we're celebrating All Songs Considered's 15th birthday with personal memories and highlights from the show's decade and a half online and on the air. If you have a personal memory about the show you'd like to share, drop us an email: allsongs@npr.org.

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All Songs TV
10:55 am
Wed January 21, 2015

Kishi Bashi, 'In Fantasia'

A man weeps in his car in a scene from the Kishi Bashi video for the song "In Fantasia."
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Thu February 5, 2015 9:43 am

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9:03 am
Tue January 20, 2015

Tobias Jesso Jr., 'How Could You Babe'

Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Thu April 9, 2015 4:58 pm

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All Songs Considered
2:10 pm
Fri January 16, 2015

Drum Fill Friday: Unfailing Flailing

I'm not a drummer. And it's a lot harder for me to articulate why one fill works over another than it is for people who've been hitting the toms since they were kids. So when our guest Quizmasters have the week off and I put together one of these puzzlers myself, I just reach for the songs that always get me air drumming. Driving in the car, waiting for the Metro, walking down the street — the fills in this week's Drum Fill Friday are all ones that get my arms flailing. I wonder if it's strange for drummers to know they've created beats and patterns that idiots like me try to pantomime.

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All Songs Considered
3:04 pm
Thu January 15, 2015

All Songs At 15: How To Get The Greatest Job In The World

Robin's redesign demo for All Songs Considered from 2000. (Don't laugh, this looked pretty cool 15 years ago).
Robin Hilton

Originally published on Thu January 15, 2015 3:34 pm

Every Thursday this year we're celebrating All Songs Considered's 15th birthday with personal memories and highlights from the show's decade and a half online and on the air. If you have a personal memory about the show you'd like to share, drop us an email: allsongs@npr.org.

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All Songs Considered
8:34 am
Thu January 15, 2015

Song Premiere: Jackson Scott, 'Pacify'

Jackson Scott's sophomore album Sunshine Redux is due out April 28 on Bloodmoss Records.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Thu January 15, 2015 9:14 am

The young singer and guitarist Jackson Scott first popped up on our radar when he released his psych-pop debut Melbourne in 2013. It was a lo-fi wonder that included an unsettling but strangely sunny (and unforgettable) tribute to the children killed at Sandy Hook.

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All Songs Considered
1:15 pm
Fri January 9, 2015

Drum Fill Friday: Beat Week Edition

I hope you had a good, long, refreshing break over the holidays. Or should I say... drum break? Ha ha ha ha ha ha! Sigh.

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All Songs TV
3:03 am
Fri January 9, 2015

Childish Gambino, 'Sober'

Childish Gambino, aka actor, singer and rapper Donald Glover, in a scene from his new video for the song, "Sober."
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Tue January 20, 2015 10:04 am

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All Songs Considered
4:53 pm
Thu January 8, 2015

Throwback Thursday: A Milestone For Internet Radio

All Songs Considered host and creator Bob Boilen in 2000, back when he still had a luxurious, full head of mink-like hair.
NPR

Fifteen years ago this month, All Songs Considered posted its very first episode. When you listen to that debut (with the link above) and hear host Bob Boilen say it's "a music show for your computer!" it feels very quaint by today's standards. But when ASC first launched, it was considered groundbreaking.

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All Songs Considered
10:20 am
Mon December 22, 2014

Bob And Robin's Holiday In Space

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