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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All Songs Considered
8:12 am
Fri July 24, 2015

Drum Fill Friday Returns, For July 24

Well, Drum Fill Friday is back after a two-month break, during which I changed an unimaginable number of diapers (on paternity leave) and spent many sleepless nights staring wide-eyed into the middle distance while holding a screaming baby. But in those rare quiet moments, when I was able to put on some tunes, I was busy taking notes with my brain pen whenever I heard a jammin' drum fill.

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All Songs Considered
12:12 pm
Fri July 17, 2015

All Songs +1: What's The First Song A Newborn Should Hear?

Mozart is great for babies, but what about Miles Davis? [Note: This child does not belong to Robin Hilton.]
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All Songs Considered
9:03 am
Fri July 17, 2015

Don Henley's Releasing A Country Album — Hear Two New Songs

Don Henley
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Eagles drummer, singer-songwriter and producer Don Henley is back with his first solo album in 15 years.

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All Songs Considered
10:23 am
Tue July 14, 2015

Protomartyr Returns With New Album — And A Brutal New Song

Protomartyr.
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Protomartyr's latest song, its best yet, is a fierce and unforgettable shredder. "Why Does It Shake?" — from the Detroit band's upcoming album, The Agent Intellect -- rumbles and roars with a gritty chug as frontman Joe Casey stares down his own mortality. "Sharp mind, eternal youth / I'll be the first to never die / Nice thought / And I'm never going to lose it."

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All Songs Considered
1:29 pm
Fri May 15, 2015

Drum Fill Friday, With Purple's Hanna Brewer

Purple's Hanna Brewer laying down the party-rock beats.
Roger Ho Courtesy of the artist

This week's Drum Fill Friday comes from Guest Quizmaster Hanna Brewer, drummer for the Texas party-rock group Purple. The group is known for its rowdy live shows and healthy sense of humor, and is currently on tour for its debut album, (409).

Brewer, who also sings for Purple, shared a range of her own influences for this week's puzzler, from hip-hop to reggae, rock and pop. I'd give it three drum sticks out of five for difficulty. As always, good luck, careful listeners!

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All Songs Considered
11:38 am
Fri May 15, 2015

All Songs +1: How Music Can Really Save Your Life

While they're not splitting open a person's chest and massaging their heart back to life, musicians and the songs they make may actually be saving lives.

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All Songs Considered
5:08 pm
Thu May 14, 2015

All Songs At 15: Clap Your Hands Say Yeah In A 2006 Concert

Clap Your Hands Say Yeah in an early 2006 publicity photo.
Stephane De Sakutin AFP/Getty Images

When Clap Your Hands Say Yeah released its self-titled debut record in 2005, it became one of the first albums to break big because of the Internet. The band recorded and released it on its own, without any label support, and shared it on the group's website, where fans picked it up and quickly spread the word.

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All Songs Considered
2:41 pm
Tue May 12, 2015

All Songs Considered: From Perfect Pop Anthems To Saxophone Punk

Clockwise from upper left: Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin, The Mynabirds, Nate Ruess, Death And Vanilla
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Originally published on Tue May 12, 2015 3:16 pm

On our show this week, bigger is better. We start with a pop anthem and feature a set of artists all leaning into or newly discovering their boldest, most attention-grabbing music yet. Some, as in the case of a frontman gone solo and a bilingual saxophone-heavy punk band, deliver precisely the momentous sounds we'd expect. Others used the pull of memory, a desperate four-month stretch of insomnia, or a single shared microphone and two minutes of trippy ambience to level up their sonic ambitions.

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All Songs Considered
5:12 am
Sat May 9, 2015

What Song Makes You Cry Every Time?

Originally published on Sat May 9, 2015 12:35 pm

This week Bob Boilen and I and a handful of other people from NPR Music got to see Sufjan Stevens in concert. It was a life-changing performance — one we'll all remember for many years.

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