Robin Hilton

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Drum Fill Friday: Fourth Of July Edition

Friday, July 04, 2014

This week we celebrate our nation's independence with drum fills (and one intro) from songs that say "America, we love you!" Some may be more blatantly patriotic than others, but all capture, in some way, the spirit of freedom that unites and binds us.

As always, if you have a ...


Christina Vantzou, 'Strange Symptoms'

Wednesday, July 02, 2014

The new video from composer Christina Vantzou, for the moody ambient piece "Strange Symptoms," will take you away. Vantzou's nirvana-inducing sounds emerge, bloom and fade away in less than a minute-and-a-half, as a figure stands motionless behind a curtain of slowly cascading water, her face distorted by the sun-dappled ripples.



Broken Twin: 'No Darkness'

Tuesday, July 01, 2014

It's hard to see the hope that glows dimly in the vaporous sounds of Broken Twin's music. But it's there, pulsing delicately in the beautifully spare arrangements and haunting voice of singer Majke Voss Romme.

In a stark new video for her song "No Darkness," Voss Romme draws a circle ...


Drum Fill Friday, With Mike Kinsella Of Owls

Friday, June 27, 2014

This week's guest Quizmaster is Mike Kinsella, the drummer for the bands Owls, Joan Of Arc and Cap'n Jazz and a singer and guitarist in Owen and American Football. When I first took a stab at identifying the fills and intros he selected I was immediately reminded that sometimes ...


Cold Beat, 'UV'

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

San Francisco's frenetic rock group Cold Beat pummels the senses in this strobe-lit new video for the song "UV." Directed by frontwoman Hannah Lew, the candles, chains and band members flicker behind a throbbing, multi-colored strobe light as drummer Bianca Sparta, deadpan behind a pair of sunglasses, slingshots the band ...


Sylvan Esso, Live In Concert

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

"It's the dreamiest of scenes," Sylvan Esso singer Amelia Meath sighed as she looked out over the sold-out crowd at Washington, D.C.'s 9:30 Club. Wearing six-inch platform tennis shoes and an all-black jumpsuit, Meath gyrated and pumped her fists, urging the crowd on. Meanwhile, the other half of Sylvan ...


Drum Fill Friday, For June 20

Friday, June 20, 2014

This week we're back to a mix of classic rock and pop, with a few (relatively) recent loves of mine thrown in. As always, if you have a drum fill (or intro) you think should be included in this weekly puzzler, let us know in the comments section, or via ...


Ages And Ages, 'Divisionary (Do The Right Thing)'

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

"In a lot of ways, I feel like this is the way our music is intended to be: inclusive, communal, and all together," Ages And Ages front man Tim Perry tells us in an email about his band's new video for the song "Divisionary (Do The Right Thing)."

The tear-inducing ...


Sean Rowe, 'Madman'

Monday, June 16, 2014

Despite its name, "Madman" has more bounce to it than much of Rowe's earlier work. But it implies you'd have to be nuts to choose a life on the road.

"It's like I'm some kind of a bearded salesman," Rowe says. "But instead of vacuum cleaners I'm selling all these ...


Garage Where 'Post' Reporter Met Deep Throat To Be Demolished

Monday, June 16, 2014

The garage where Washington Post reporter Bob Woodward met Deep Throat, his secret Watergate source, will be demolished to make way for residential and commercial buildings.

The five members of the Arlington County, Va., board voted unanimously over the weekend to approve the plan in the Rosslyn neighborhood. A ...


Drum Fill Friday, For June 13

Friday, June 13, 2014

You don't always have to love the music to appreciate the talent behind it. Some of the artists featured in this week's puzzler are masters in genres I rarely reach for (fusion anyone?), but lord are they gifted musicians. I also think some of the fills in this batch are ...


Drum Fill Friday, For June 6

Friday, June 06, 2014

Most of the time, I just pick songs with moments that get me air drumming, regardless of the genre or drummer — or the programmer behind the beats. But for this week's puzzler, I've selected works by undeniable legends in the business, from classic rock pioneers to jazz virtuosos. Good ...


After Learning To Loosen Up, Spoon Readies Its Return: The All Songs Interview

Thursday, June 05, 2014

Spoon's first album in four years is called They Want My Soul. It won't be released until Aug. 5, but frontman Britt Daniel and drummer Jim Eno recently joined All Songs Considered hosts Bob Boilen and Robin Hilton to play some of the record and share the stories behind ...


Tearjerker, 'You Can'

Wednesday, June 04, 2014

The new video for "You Can," by the Canadian shoegaze-pop band Tearjerker, uses found footage of old home movies to create a melancholy montage of faded memories.

Gökçe Erdem, who directed the video, tells us via email that the song and video are about the way the memories we retain ...


Phil Collins Performed 'In The Air Tonight' With Son's Middle School Band

Friday, May 30, 2014

The video begins with Colins thanking the school and band and just about everyone for their hospitality. Skip ahead about 2:20 if you just want the music. But it's pretty awesome. The band has a smoke machine and light show! And kudos to the young drummer for braving the kit ...


Drum Fill Friday, For May 30

Friday, May 30, 2014

The warmer weather brings out the air-drummer in me, which means I'm remembering and rediscovering some of my favorite fills, including the ones in this week's puzzler. I think most of these will sound familiar to anyone who's had commercial FM rock blasting with the windows down. So turn it ...


Son Lux, 'Build A Pyre (Begin Again)'

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Ryan Lott, the beat genius behind Son Lux, loves to dismantle rhythms, crafting off-kilter synth and programmed patterns. It's an often disorienting form director Geoff Hoskinson recreated and realized beautifully in the video's jump-cut visuals.

"Build A Pyre (Begin Again)," appears on the new Son Lux EP Alternate Worlds. ...


Question Of The Week: What's Your Go-To Windows-Down Song?

Friday, May 23, 2014

Earlier this week we asked you celebrate the beautiful weather by telling us your favorite songs for driving with the windows down. We got hundreds of suggestions, and fortunately (For the D.C. area anyway), the gorgeous, sunny-and-75 days held. After narrowing it down to 50 great songs, we enter the ...


Drum Fill Friday, With Michael Benjamin Lerner Of Telekinesis

Friday, May 23, 2014

Michael Benjamin Lerner is the drummer, lead singer and songwriter behind the Seattle-based band Telekinesis. There are times, while listening to his music, when I think it's just about the greatest pop band on the planet. Every song is perfectly realized and memorable.

Michael sits in as our guest ...