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.

Music
10:05 am
Thu November 14, 2013

Results? The Albums Everyone Can Love

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Originally published on Thu November 14, 2013 10:07 pm

A while back (a long while back), Bob Boilen and I were sitting around the office, chatting like we do about music and life, and got to wondering: Is it possible to come up with a top ten list of albums that everyone can agree on?

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Music
11:35 am
Sun September 1, 2013

'The Worse Things Get': Life Lessons From Neko Case

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Originally published on Sun September 1, 2013 5:51 pm

  • Listen To Neko Case Discuss Her New Album

On her latest album, The Worse Things Get, The Harder I Fight, The Harder I Fight, The More I Love You, singer Neko Case lays her heart — and her healthy sense of humor — bare. It's a deeply personal record that, among other things, offers intimate, sometimes wry meditations on the recent loss of both of her parents and a grandmother. NPR Music's Stephen Thompson and I spoke with Neko Case about the music, and shared questions from listeners, in this interview that we originally webcast live on Aug. 29.

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All Songs Considered
3:39 am
Wed August 28, 2013

Okkervil River: Coming Of Age In Small Town America

Click to see an interactive map of Meriden, N.H., with stories from Okkervil River's Will Sheff about his childhood there.
William Schaff

Originally published on Thu August 29, 2013 4:15 pm

I grew up in a town of about 6,000 people in rural Kansas back in the '70s and '80s. I've never romanticized it much, though it was certainly a simpler time and, for better or worse, it's where I learned to make some sense of my life. The world you inhabit when you come of age in your teen years has a way of digging its claws in you. As the years pass, no matter how far you try to get away from it, it stays with you. The people, the places, the sounds and even the smells become a part of your DNA.

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Music
9:18 am
Tue August 13, 2013

Question Of The Week: What Are The Best Apps For Making Music?

Apple's Garage Band for the iPad and iPhone includes virtual instruments, such as piano and drums, you can play like the real thing.
 

Originally published on Tue August 13, 2013 10:57 am

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Music
9:02 am
Fri July 26, 2013

Why The Newport Folk Festival Is So Special

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Originally published on Thu July 25, 2013 3:48 pm

  • Hear Newport Folk Producer Jay Sweet Discuss This Year's Festival

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Music
8:29 pm
Mon May 20, 2013

Do You Really Listen To Full Albums?

Originally published on Mon May 20, 2013 9:17 pm

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Music
3:59 pm
Mon May 6, 2013

Question Of The Week: Do You Hear Music When You Dream?

Originally published on Mon May 6, 2013 8:13 pm

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First Listen
9:23 am
Tue March 26, 2013

First Listen: 'The Music Is You: A Tribute To John Denver'

The Music Is You: A Tribute to John Denver comes out April 2.
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Originally published on Wed April 3, 2013 7:57 am

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First Listen
4:34 pm
Tue February 26, 2013

First Listen: Youth Lagoon, 'Wondrous Bughouse'

Youth Lagoon's new album, Wondrous Bughouse, comes out March 5.
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Originally published on Tue February 26, 2013 2:31 pm

Youth Lagoon's second album, Wondrous Bughouse, is one of the most arresting headphone records you'll hear this year. Trevor Powers, the band's sole member, layers strange but alluring synth textures under quirky melodies and simple pop beats, in the process creating an expansive and endlessly engrossing world of sonic curiosities.

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Music
10:06 am
Fri February 1, 2013

Trent Reznor: New Band, New Song, New Video, Still Terrifying

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Originally published on Thu November 14, 2013 10:45 am

The members of How To Destroy Angels, a collective featuring Nine Inch Nails frontman Trent Reznor, his wife and singer Mariqueen Maandig, art director Rob Sheridan and the brilliant composer Atticus Ross, have an unambiguously grim view of where civilization is headed. In a new video for the song "How Long," from the band's upcoming album Welcome Oblivion, man hunts man in (surprise) a terrifying, dystopian future.

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Music
1:17 pm
Wed December 5, 2012

Question Of The Week: What Song Did You Listen To The Most In 2012?

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Originally published on Mon December 3, 2012 1:26 pm

Hold on to your seat. You're about to be hit with a bounty of year-end lists: NPR Music's favorite songs, artists, albums, discoveries and more of 2012.

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Music
8:35 am
Wed October 31, 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 4:48 pm

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First Listen
8:08 am
Tue October 9, 2012

First Listen: Jason Lytle, 'Dept. Of Disappearance'

Jason Lytle's new album, Dept. of Disappearance, comes out Oct. 16.
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Originally published on Sun October 21, 2012 6:07 pm

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After two decades of writing beautifully inspired, idiosyncratic pop and rock songs, former Grandaddy frontman Jason Lytle has come to one immutable conclusion: His music isn't that heavy.

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All Songs Considered Blog
3:33 pm
Tue October 2, 2012

Song Premiere: Beck Remixes Philip Glass With 'NYC: 73-78'

Philip Glass (left) and Beck.
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Originally published on Sat October 6, 2012 12:58 pm

The latest tease from this fall's upcoming collection of remixed Philip Glass tunes comes from Beck. The 20-minute song, "NYC: 73-78," includes snippets from more than 20 Glass songs, which Beck cut together and re-imagined.

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First Listen
3:18 pm
Tue August 28, 2012

First Listen: Cat Power, 'Sun'

Cat Power's new album, Sun, comes out Sept. 4.
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Originally published on Tue September 11, 2012 8:55 pm

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Chan Marshall, the creative force behind Cat Power, has long been indie rock's standard-bearer for melancholy navel gazing. In a career spanning nearly two decades, she's produced a large catalog of mostly moody confessionals, mixing blues, folk and arty punk with a swoon-inducing, transcendent voice. She could sing random figures from her tax returns and convey more heartache and angst than many other artists could match in their deepest moments.

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All Songs Considered Blog
5:26 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 1:06 pm

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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