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
10:20 am
Wed January 30, 2013

First Watch: Hem, 'Tourniquet'

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Originally published on Tue January 29, 2013 2:00 pm

Nearly a decade after releasing its deeply moving and profoundly beautiful album Rabbit Songs, the Brooklyn-based band Hem was on the verge of falling apart. "I actually believed that Hem might never make music together again as a band," songwriter and pianist Dan Messe tells us in an email. "Everything about who we were, where we lived, and how we related to each other seemed beyond repair."

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All Songs Considered
2:58 pm
Mon January 28, 2013

Thao Confronts Critic In Hilarious New Video

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Originally published on Tue January 29, 2013 10:42 am

Thao Nguyen of Thao & The Get Down Stay Down wants you to know she really doesn't care what critics say about her music. But in a comical new video to spoof her band's latest album, We The Common, the singer decides that one writer has gone too far.

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All Songs Considered
10:21 am
Mon January 28, 2013

Question Of The Week: Who Is Making Today's Most Original Music?

When we asked listeners who's making today's most original music, we got a lot of great picks, including hip-hop artist Lil Wayne.
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Originally published on Wed February 6, 2013 10:03 am

Editor's Note: We got a ton of great suggestions from you for this 'Question Of The Week,' so we decided to put together playlists at Rdio and Spotify featuring some of your picks.

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All Songs Considered
11:30 am
Sat January 26, 2013

First Watch: Adam Green & Binki Shapiro

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Originally published on Sat January 26, 2013 4:02 am

Adam Green (The Moldy Peaches) and singer Binki Shapiro (Little Joy) were both going through breakups when they wrote "Just To Make Me Feel Good," a deceptively breezy cut from the duo's debut, self-titled collection of late '60s folk-pop. In their new video for the song, Green and Shapiro wander the city streets, lamenting a lost love and all the little things each of them took for granted.

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All Songs Considered
10:29 am
Wed January 23, 2013

Nick Cave To Kick Off NPR Music's SXSW Showcase

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Originally published on Wed January 23, 2013 9:54 am

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All Songs Considered
10:19 am
Wed January 23, 2013

Question Of The Week: What Are Your Top Five Story Songs?

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Originally published on Sun January 27, 2013 10:48 am

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All Songs Considered
6:43 pm
Sun January 13, 2013

First Watch: Mystical Weapons, 'Colony Collapse Disorder'

Greg Saunier (left) and Sean Lennon of the band Mystical Weapons.
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Originally published on Thu January 10, 2013 1:03 pm

The music of Mystical Weapons, a duo formed by Sean Lennon and Deerhoof drummer Greg Saunier, is entirely improvised — made up on the fly without any agenda or deeper meaning in mind. But in the hands of video director and animator Martha Colburn, the group's latest single, "Colony Collapse Disorder," takes on apocalyptic themes with swirling religious symbolism.

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All Songs Considered
1:12 pm
Mon January 7, 2013

Question Of The Week: What Are Your Music Resolutions For 2013?

Originally published on Wed January 9, 2013 12:47 pm

I'm not very good at keeping New Year's resolutions. One year I resolved to "get into yoga." I even wrote that down on a note card and kept it on the refrigerator. Two months later, after doing nothing, I crossed it out and wrote, "be AWARE of yoga."

This year I didn't bother making a list about health and fitness resolutions. But I do have a mental list of some personal improvements I'd like to make when it comes to music.

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All Songs Considered
2:55 pm
Thu January 3, 2013

Ty Segall Forms Yet Another Band, Releases New Songs

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Originally published on Thu January 3, 2013 12:26 pm

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All Songs Considered
12:54 pm
Wed December 26, 2012

2013 Winter Music Preview

Clockwise from upper left: Low, FaltyDL, Jose James, Ileana Cabra, Earl Sweatshirt
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Originally published on Mon January 14, 2013 5:28 pm

On this edition of the program, All Songs Considered hosts Bob Boilen and Robin Hilton invite a gaggle of other NPR Music peeps on the show to share some of the records they're most looking forward to in 2013.

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