Robin Hilton

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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 ...

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Ages And Ages: Tiny Desk Concert

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Everyone knows there are five immutable truths in life. No. 1 is "Nothing's ever easy." No. 2 is "Nobody does the right thing." No. 3 is, well, you get the idea.

The Portland, Ore., band Ages and Ages will likely make you rethink these immutable truths — particularly the ...

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Drum Fill Friday, For May 16

Friday, May 16, 2014

This week's fills (and, yes, yes, one intro) come from a range of styles and periods, from jazz and heavy metal to classic rock and '80s synth pop. Can you match all five?

As always, if you have a drummer or a fill you'd like to see featured in these ...

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Timber Timbre, 'Curtains?!'

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

In the video for the Canadian swamp-folk band Timber Timbre's "Curtains?!," a man released from prison embarks on a vengeful quest to find a mysterious woman who haunts his past.

"I ​included ​the prison in my video because it's an environment where people are forced to live a double life," ...

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Pegasus Warning, 'Change'

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Pegasus Warning is otherwise known as Guillermo E. Brown, a New York native and jazz percussionist whose soulful music mixes broken electronics, strange textures and pulsing rhythms. "Change" appears on his latest EP, Woof Ticket, from Plug Research.

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Timber Timbre: Tiny Desk Concert

Saturday, May 10, 2014

The music of Canada's Timber Timbre is often strange and unsettling. The band, led by Taylor Kirk — a crooner with a deceptively sweet voice — makes spare, evenly paced songs that sound like late-night echoes from a swampy woods. It's the kind of music you'd expect to hear ...

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Drum Fill Friday, For May 9

Friday, May 09, 2014

After a few weeks of guest Quizmasters, I'm back with one of my own special blends. I'd call this a top-40 mix or, as some might say, some pretty low-hanging fruit in the world of drum fills and intros. I'm expecting a lot of 5 out of 5 scores, so ...

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Crowdfunding Can Help Build Business, But At What Cost?

Friday, May 09, 2014

The Securities and Exchange Commission is poised to let small businesses get financed by the masses. Investing in startups is risky, though. Meanwhile, critics are wary of regulation.

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The Black Keys 'Turn Blue': The All Songs Interview

Wednesday, May 07, 2014

Gently strummed acoustic guitars. Lovely falsetto vocals. Tinkling bells and dreamy atmospherics. These probably aren't the first sounds you think of when it comes to The Black Keys. But that's what you get when you press play on the band's latest full-length, the expansive and irresistibly catchy Turn ...

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'Ultra LP' Version Of Jack White's New Album Has Some Crazy Surprises

Tuesday, May 06, 2014

Jack White has announced plans to release a version of his upcoming Lazaretto album on vinyl, with a whole bunch of special features that'll make you rethink the possibilities of the enduring format.

As White and Ben Blackwell of Third Man Records explain in this short video, the Lazaretto Ultra ...

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Drum Fill Friday With The War On Drugs Drummer Charlie Hall

Friday, May 02, 2014

If you think my picks for these weekly puzzlers were hard, try guessing the ones selected by an actual drummer. Charlie Hall, who anchors the Philadelphia-based rock group The War On Drugs, is this week's guest quizmaster. He offers an eclectic, surprising and (for me anyway) challenging batch ...

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Drum Fill Friday, From The Antlers' Michael Lerner

Friday, April 25, 2014

This week's puzzler comes courtesy Michael Lerner, drummer for the band The Antlers. Lerner is on the short list of current favorite drummers. His work is always melodic, never too busy or indulgent. But he also never settles for the straight up four on the floor. I found the fills ...

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Neil Young Covers Bert Jansch's 'Needle Of Death'

Thursday, April 24, 2014

This video shows Neil Young cramped with his guitar in a small space about the size of a phone booth. It's actually a refurbished 1947 "Voice-O-Graph," a sort of self-contained studio that records and presses vinyl records. Guitarist and producer Jack White acquired the booth for his Third Man Records ...

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Melaena Cadiz, 'Needles River'

Thursday, April 24, 2014

"Needles River" is the first single from Melaena Cadiz's upcoming album Deep Below Heaven. She wrote and recorded the song with her husband, Mikael Kennedy. Kennedy also conceived and directed the video.

"I was thinking about that idea of fleeing, of a community exodus towards a hopefully better life," Cadiz ...

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Cloud Boat, 'Carmine'

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

The new video from London-based duo Cloud Boat, for their new single "Carmine," unfolds in an eerie laundromat, where customers channel the hauntingly beautiful voice of singer Tom Clarke.

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Better (?) Living Through Chemistry In 'Afterparty'

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

The question you have to ask yourself is, how juicy do you like your science fiction?

And I mean that in terms of a spectrum. To me, classic space operas are saltines — dusty and dry and fit only as a calmative after a long binge of weirder, more foreign ...

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The Milk Carton Kids, Live From Lincoln Theatre

Monday, April 21, 2014

Kenneth Pattengale and Joey Ryan formed The Milk Carton Kids in Los Angeles in early 2011, quickly drawing well-earned comparisons to The Everly Brothers and Simon & Garfunkel. Their performance at Columbus, Ohio's Lincoln Theatre was filmed as part of the tour for their ...

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Lakker, 'Thermohaline'

Friday, April 18, 2014

Ian McDonnell and Dara Smith are the creative force behind Lakker. They've been recording together for the past decade. Smith, who's also a motion graphics designer and art director for a Dublin design company, produced the breathtaking visuals for "Thermohaline."

"Thermohaline" is from the band's new EP, Containing A Thousand. ...

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Drum Fill Friday, From Guest Quizmaster S. Carey

Friday, April 18, 2014

This week's drum fills (and intros) were hand-selected, using only the finest ingredients, by Sean Carey. The Bon Iver drummer, who writes and records as S. Carey, just released his second solo album, Range Of Light. I thought some of his picks for this week's puzzler ...

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Rodrigo y Gabriela, 'The Russian Messenger'

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

The video for "The Messenger" was shot at Rodrigo y Gabriela's home studio in Zihuatanejo, in southern Mexico, shortly after they completed their upcoming album 9 Dead Alive. It's meant to depict what it was like making the album, with Rodrigo and Gabriela, eye-to-eye in a studio and limited production. ...

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