Robin Hilton

Robin Hilton appears in the following:

YAWN, 'Flytrap'

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Nothing seems to go right in YAWN's off-kilter new video for the song "Flytrap." The Chicago-based synth-pop group attempts a live performance of the cut, but the video shoot itself keeps stumbling and bumbling in the way. Gaffers fumble with chronic lighting problems and faulty gear, some sort of creepy ...

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Drum Fill Friday, With Spoon's Jim Eno

Friday, September 12, 2014

Jim Eno is a less-is-more drummer. His work as the longtime drummer for the band Spoon is distinctive for its carefully plotted lines. It's elegant and melodic, never over-the-top or showy. It's a style and taste he shares with all of the drummers he selected for this week's puzzler ...

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Daniel Lanois: 'Opera'

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

When I grow up, I want to be Daniel Lanois. It's not just that he's hands-down one of the world's greatest music producers, or that he's a gifted musician and pioneer of ambient music. It's that at (a still young) 62, with four decades of groundbreaking albums behind him, ...

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A New Brand Of Paul Gains Support In Iowa

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Kentucky Republican Sen. Rand Paul has already made significant inroads in Iowa as he explores a presidential bid. Supporters say it's because he builds on his father's work but stays his own person.

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Amen Dunes, 'Splits Are Parted'

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Do not attempt to adjust your computer. Your Internet connection is fine. The flickering, disjointed images that flash before your eyes in the latest video from Amen Dunes, for the song "Splits Are Parted," are intentional.

It's hard to make out much in this short film directed by Jesse Hlebo ...

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Drum Fill Friday, For Sept. 5

Friday, September 05, 2014

We've had a good run of guest Quizmasters for Drum Fill Friday (and more to come), but this week we thought we'd feature a puzzler made up entirely of your favorite fills and intros. Each of the artists appearing in the quiz below come from listener suggestions in our ...

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Sturgill Simpson: Tiny Desk Concert

Saturday, August 30, 2014

Sturgill Simpson doesn't fit today's common image of a country singer. When he arrived for his Tiny Desk Concert, the 36-year-old Kentucky native sauntered in sleepy-eyed, wearing jeans, a pair of old canvas tennis shoes, no socks and a well-worn button-down blue shirt, one of only two identical shirts ...

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Drum Fill Friday, From Guest Quizmaster Mark Reznicek Of Toadies

Friday, August 29, 2014

This week's puzzler comes courtesy Mark Reznicek, drummer for the Fort Worth rock group Toadies. The band is currently celebrating the 20th anniversary of its breakout album, Rubberneck with a tour, and a reissue of the album with bonus tracks.

As always, if you know a fill (or intro) or ...

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Electric Youth, 'A Real Hero (Live)'

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Canadian synth pop duo Electric Youth won legions of fans for its song "A Real Hero" after it was featured in the 2011 dark crime film Drive. Originally a duo, soundscape artist and drummer Austin Garrick and singer Bronwyn Griffin are at the center of a four-piece in this video, ...

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The Both, 'Volunteers of America'

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Aimee Mann and Ted Leo's latest video as The Both, for the song "Volunteers Of America," is part playful comedy, part wistful love story. The two join a cast of friends and family for an outdoor wedding, where a man and woman in their sunset years renew their vows, before ...

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Maps, 'You Will Find A Way'

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

What separates us from machines? Is it our capacity for love? Our seemingly bottomless well of cruelty? A new video for the Maps song "You Will Find A Way" poses these questions as a cardboard robot, built by a lonely girl, comes to life and goes out in search of ...

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Drum Fill Friday, From The Dismemberment Plan's Joe Easley

Friday, August 22, 2014

This week's puzzler comes courtesy Joe Easley, drummer for the D.C.-based rock group The Dismemberment Plan. It shouldn't be too hard for fans of the band to hear why he loves the fills and intros he selected from some of his favorite artists and songs.

The Dismemberment Plan ...

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Song Premiere: Electric Würms, 'I Could Only See Clouds'

Friday, August 08, 2014

Flaming Lips frontman Wayne Coyne and secret weapon Steven Drozd are back with another song from their side project Electric Würms. The polyrhythmic, prog-rock space jam "I Could Only See Clouds" is from the band's upcoming debut album Musik, Die Shwer Zu Twerk, which roughly translates to "Music That's Hard ...

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Drum Fill Friday, From Guest Quizmaster Matt Sokol Of Spillway

Friday, August 01, 2014

The drum fills and intros for this week's puzzler have something in common. In addition to being selected by Spillway drummer Matt Sokol, they're all performed by open-handed drummers. This means they play the hi-hat cymbal with their left hand, while their right hand plays the snare. (Most drummers cross ...

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Sylvan Esso Performs 'Wolf' Live With Megafaun, Lambchop, Others

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Last fall, Sylvan Esso's Nick Sanborn was commissioned by Duke University and Alverno Presents in Milwaukee to put together a special concert with some of his favorite artists and collaborators. The result was a two-night stand that featured Sanborn and Sylvan Esso singer Amelia Meath performing alongside members of Sanborn's ...

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Allah-Las, 'No Werewolf'

Monday, July 28, 2014

At first glance, there's not much to the new video for the song "No Werewolf," from the Los Angeles garage rock band Allah-Las. But the longer you watch, the more mesmerizing it becomes.

The video opens with a simple spinning wheel in stark black and white. A hand appears, and ...

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Drum Fill Friday, With Interpol's Sam Fogarino

Friday, July 25, 2014

This week's guest Quizmaster is Sam Fogarino, drummer for the band Interpol. The group is set to release its latest album, El Pintor, in September. It's Interpol's first new record since 2010's self-titled release. Can you identify the songs he selected from just a few seconds of drumming?

As always, ...

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Jenny Lewis Stands Out With 'Voyager'

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

All Songs Considered features "The Voyager," the new album from Jenny Lewis, a singer known for complicated, emotional lyrics and vivid storytelling. It's part of NPR Music's "First Listen" series.

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Drum Fill Friday, For July 18

Friday, July 18, 2014

This week's puzzler for careful listeners has a little something for everyone, from jazz and classic rock, to punk and thrashing metal. It also features several fills listeners suggested from previous puzzlers. So, as always, if you know a fill (or intro) or drummer you'd love to see featured in ...

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How Do Our Near-Wins Motivate Us To Keep Going?

Friday, July 18, 2014

Not everyone can win the gold medal, and historian Sarah Lewis says that's a good thing. It's the near-wins and bare losses that truly motivate us to master our destinies.

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