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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Tiny Desk Concerts
3:04 pm
Mon December 24, 2012

The Polyphonic Spree: Tiny Desk Concert

The Polyphonic Spree performs a Tiny Desk Concert.
Lauren Rock NPR

Originally published on Mon December 23, 2013 5:46 pm

This year marks the 10th anniversary for The Polyphonic Spree's annual holiday music show — an extravaganza the group has held in Dallas each December — and it's celebrating with a live tour and a new CD called Holidaydream, on which the band reworks versions of classics such as "Do You Hear What I Hear" and "White Christmas."

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All Songs Considered
3:54 pm
Mon December 17, 2012

Question Of The Week: What Are Your Holiday Music Memories?

Members of the Victorian State Youth Brass Band of Australia during an attempt to set a world record by playing Christmas carols for 40 straight hours.
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Originally published on Mon December 17, 2012 2:28 pm

I played trumpet in my high school band and wasn't very good. I held the thing down, sort of like a clarinet, and played out of the corner of my mouth. It sounded like I had a kazoo wedged in the tubing. But nobody else in my school was very good either, so I still managed to spend a lot of time at first chair.

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All Songs Considered
2:13 pm
Thu November 29, 2012

We Get Mail: Can You Have Too Much Awesome?

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Originally published on Thu November 29, 2012 8:07 am

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All Songs Considered
12:42 pm
Thu November 15, 2012

This Week's All Songs Considered Mix: Local Natives, The Who, Gospel Claws, More

Clockwise from top: Local Natives, IO Echo, Angel Olsen, cover art for Gospel Claws and The Who's Quadrophenia.
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Originally published on Fri November 16, 2012 2:14 pm

Bob Boilen has had a ban on seeing arena rock shows for more than 30 years, but it may ending. He recently saw The Who at a mega-dome concert, performing one of Bob's favorite albums in its entirety. On this edition of All Songs Considered, hear a cut from that record and why Bob loves it so much.

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All Songs Considered
5:27 pm
Sat November 10, 2012

Question Of The Week: Which Bands Should Have Another Record Out By Now?

It's been more than 20 years since My Bloody Valentine put out the band's now legendary Loveless album. Frontman Kevin Shields is promising a followup by the end of the year.
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Originally published on Wed January 30, 2013 12:25 pm

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All Songs Considered Blog
12:53 pm
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 6:15 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
8:39 pm
Tue June 19, 2012

A Perpetual Debate: Owning Music In The Digital Age

The discussion over music sharing and compensation has been taking place since long before digital downloads were available.
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Originally published on Wed June 20, 2012 10:42 am

This past weekend's post from Emily White, our current All Songs Considered intern, provoked heated discussion about the current state and possible future of music consumption and creation. Emily's personal essay — as a young person who came of age after the moment when music became widely available digitally — was about the evolution of her views toward the music industry, artists and how to support them, as those issues relate to rapidly changing technology.

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All Songs Considered Blog
4:04 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 12:06 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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All Songs Considered Blog
3:35 pm
Fri June 8, 2012

First Watch: Emilie Simon's Stop-Animation Fairytale

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French electro-pop artist and film composer Emilie Simon isn't super well-known in the U.S., but she's plenty popular in her native country. She hopes to reach a broader audience later this summer with the U.S. release of her new record Franky Knight. Despite the quirky name and dance beats, Simon wrote the sometimes sorrowful album about the death of someone close to her.

In a new video for the song "Franky's Princess," Simon uses a painstakingly produced stop-animation film to tell a classic, fairytale love story.

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All Songs Considered Blog
2:29 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 11:25 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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