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July 25, 2018

Promoting the band 'The Christ Stains' & album "Meet The Christ Stains!" (above) at Spotify's new headquarters in Stockholm in early July 2018. Robert J. Hurns, musician and member of the band, visits Spotify's new, glass-enclosed, offices located just down the street from the Royal Palace. Music is available on Spotify, all streaming services and at www.cdbaby.com/cd/robertjhurns1.


6/22/18

UPWARD SPIKE IN MEET THE CHRIST STAINS! ALBUM’S WORLDWIDE STREAMING DOWNLOADS PROPELS HURNS TO REISSUE FIRST TWO SOLO ALBUMS

 CHICAGO (June 22, 2018) –While independent musicians may not profit directly from streaming platforms, Curio Cabinet Records President and Musician Robert J. Hurns said, they provide a wide international audience for musicians. So due to an ongoing increase in worldwide streaming of his music, Hurns has reissued his first two solo albums Crabby Road and Music From Imaginary Movies. Songs from the first two albums continue to be popular worldwide along with those from his recently released Meet The Christ Stains!

   “Through Spotify and other streaming platforms people in 35 countries (cdbaby.com statistics) and the U.S. have downloaded our music this past year,” Hurns said today. “This is the nexus where commerce and art come together.

   “In the not too distant past independent artists did not have access to international distribution, but platforms like Spotify extend our reach into the global market unlike ever before,” Hurns said.  Spotify went public last April and is now listed on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE).

    Meet The Christ Stains! is available at www.cdbaby.com/cd/robertjhurns1, Crabby Road at www.cdbaby.com/cd/rjhurns and Music From Imaginary Movies at www.cdbaby.com/cd/rjhurns2.

   Top Hurns downloaded songs include Sonic Magazine, Winter, Battle Line and The Office from Crabby Road; and, Giant Monkey Island, Larry Blotter – Potions A’Poppin, Abbutt & Castello Meet Osama Bin Laden and Lunar Ocean from Music From Imaginary Movies.

   Twin Peeks, Last Day, Attack of the Giant Bumble Bee and El Syd, songs on the Meet The Christ Stains! album, are also top downloads.

   Curio Cabinet Records’ global fans, to date and according to cdbaby.com statistics, hail from Sweden, Germany, Great Britain, Australia, Canada, Hong Kong, Japan, Iceland, Philippines, Russia, Greece, France, Spain, Switzerland, Norway, Finland, Netherlands, India, Mexico, New Zealand, Austria, Brazil, Portugal,  Denmark, Turkey, South Korea, Hungary, Italy, Ireland and Ecuador.

     “There is a downside for an independent musician, however. The tradeoff for access to worldwide distribution is the tenth of a penny an artist earns after streaming for each song,” Hurns said.  “Perhaps now that it has gone public stockholders could urge Spotify to seek more equitable pay for the artists, who in essence are the content providers.”

      Hurns, also a lawyer, played in Chicago bands Radio Whip, the Texas Chainsaw Experience and the Tortfeasers. He developed and performed Safety March, a theme for an international safety trade group’s 100th anniversary. Music critics have said:  “Hurns’ music makes you feel like you are free on a technicality…we bet you’ll plead insanity when you hear his latest” and “Sly, wiggly syncopated industrial pop performed on brightly toned synths and electric guitar by Hurns; vampy industrial rock.” Music breaks all barriers and Hurns instrumental rock has proved to be popular worldwide, one local artist noted.

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Please contact Diane Turner at diane@turnermorrisoncommunications.com for more information, disc copies.                                                                    


04/03/18

SPOTIFY SPIKES HURNS' CURIO CABINET RECORDS INTERNATIONAL AUDIENCE; SAYS RECENT NYSE LISTING COULD LEAD TO EQUITABLE MUSICIANS PAY

(CHICAGO, April 3, 2018) – Independent musicians may not profit directly from today’s closely watched Spotify debut on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE), yet the streaming platform does provide a wide international audience for musicians who may not have an international marketing machine.

   “Through Spotify and other streaming platforms people in 30 countries and the U.S. have downloaded our music this past year,” Robert J. Hurns, president of Chicago-based Curio Cabinet Records, said today. “This is the nexus where commerce and art come together.

   “In the not too distant past independent artists did not have access to international distribution, but platforms like Spotify extend our reach into the global market unlike ever before,” Hurns said.

   Spotify, the Sweden-based music streaming company, was publicly traded for the first time on the NYSE today opening at around $160 per share. “This entry on to the NYSE is, in a way, Spotify saying ‘we’re here to stay’,” said Hurns.
   Curio Cabinet Records and Hurns’ albums, available on Spotify and other streaming platforms, include the latest release ‘Meet The Christ Stains!’ available at www.cdbaby.com/cd/robertjhurns1,  ‘Crabby Road’ at www.cdbaby.com/cd/rjhurns and ‘Music From Imaginary Movies’ at ww.cdbaby.com/cd/rjhurns2.

     Prior to the release of Chicago band the Christ Stains debut album in late 2017, Sonic Magazine from Hurns first album ‘Crabby Road’ was the top internationally downloaded song, based on CD.baby.com statistics, followed by Giant Monkey Island from Hurns’ ‘Music From Imaginary Movies’ album.

   The songs Twin Peeks, Last Day, Attack of the Giant Bumble Bee and El Syd of the new ‘Meet The Christ Stains’ album became popular international downloads after the album’s late 2017 release.

   Global listeners of music from Curio Cabinet Records’ three albums to date hail from Sweden, Germany, Great Britain, Australia, Canada, Hong Kong, Japan, Iceland, Philippines, Russia, Greece, France, Spain, Switzerland, Norway, Finland, Netherlands, India, Mexico, New Zealand, Austria, Brazil, Portugal,  Denmark, Turkey, South Korea, Hungary, Italy, Ireland and Ecuador. Countries order is listed based on popularity from cdbaby.com artist statistics.

     “There is a downside for an independent musician, however. The tradeoff for access to worldwide distribution is the tenth of a penny an artist earns after streaming for each song,” Hurns said.  “Perhaps after going public stockholders could urge Spotify to seek more equitable pay for the artists, who in essence are the content providers.”

      Hurns, also a lawyer, played in Chicago bands Radio Whip, the Texas Chainsaw Experience and the Tortfeasers and developed and performed ‘Safety March’, a theme for an international safety trade group’s 100th anniversary. Local critics have said:  “Hurns’ music makes you feel like you are free on a technicality…we bet you’ll plead insanity when you hear his latest” and “Sly, wiggly syncopated industrial pop performed on brightly toned synths and electric guitar by Hurns; vampy industrial rock.”

      “Music is an international language,” Hurns said. “It’s exciting to see so many people in other countries downloading music from the Curio Cabinet label. Perhaps as the music streaming industry grows so will the benefits to the musicians who provide the creative and entertaining music for growing global audiences. You can’t buy love, but money does pay the mortgage.”

                                                         

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Contact Diane Turner at diane@turnermorrisoncommunications.com for more information.


1/5/18

Curio Cabinet Records Releases New 2018 Hot Playlist For Work Outs, Play, Down Time, Traveling:

1.       Sonic Magazine, ‘Crabby Road’ by R.J. Hurns, https://store.cdbaby.com/cd/rjhurns

2.       Man From Christ Stain, ‘Meet The Christ Stains!’,  https://store.cdbaby.com/cd/robertjhurns1

3.        El Syd, ‘Meet The Christ Stains!’, https://store.cdbaby.com/cd/robertjhurns1

4.        Twin Peeks, ‘Meet The Christ Stains!’,  https://store.cdbaby.com/cd/robertjhurns1

5.        Last Day, ‘Meet The Christ Stains!’,  https://store.cdbaby.com/cd/robertjhurns1

6.        The Office, ‘Crabby Road’, https://store.cdbaby.com/cd/rjhurns

7.         Lunar Ocean, ‘Music From Imaginary Movies’ by R. J. Hurns,  https://store.cdbaby.com/cd/rjhurns2

8. Giant Monkey Island, ‘Music From Imaginary Movies’,  https://store.cdbaby.com/cd/rjhurns2

9.    Battle Line, ‘Music From Imaginary Movies’, https://store.cdbaby.com/cd/rjhurns2

10.   Attack of the Giant Bumble Bee, ‘Meet The Christ Stains!’ https://store.cdbaby.com/cd/robertjhurns1

11.   Dust, ‘Meet The Christ Stains!’,  https://store.cdbaby.com/cd/robertjhurns1

12.   Shroud Sky, ‘Meet The Christ Stains!’,   https://store.cdbaby.com/cd/robertjhurns1

13.   Golgotha, ‘Meet The Christ Stains!’,  https://store.cdbaby.com/cd/robertjhurns1

              

The Christ Stains band, above, from left Pete Zimmerman (hat), Robert J. Hurns (guitar) and Jim Grogan on drums at recent jam session at CCR studios. TMC photos.

14.   Wild Boar, ‘Crabby Road’,  https://store.cdbaby.com/cd/rjhurns

  "This first playlist is based on fans input from our three albums including the just-released 'Meet The Christ Stains!' album," Robert J. Hurns, Curio Cabinet Records President and musician, said today from his studio in Chicago. "Many of these songs are our top downloads from around the world from all platforms. We'll have another new album out in early 2018. We thank everyone for listening, their ongoing support and hope everyone has a very Happy New Year."

 1.18, TurnerMorrisonCommunications.com & Curio Cabinet Records Company, Inc., Chicago, IL

Contact: diane@turnermorrisoncommunications.com

 


HURNS' CHRIST STAINS AT POP CON MILWAUKEE NOV. 4 & 5

(CHICAGO, Oct. 29, 2017) - The Chicago-based Christ Stains band will be at Pop Con Milwaukee 2017 this Nov. 4 & 5 at the Crown Plaza Hotel/Convention Center promoting their new album ‘Meet The Christ Stains!’ and selling collectibles. The annual event features celebrities and more than 300 vendors. Special guests include Burt Ward, Lee Meriwether, John Schneider, Bobby Hull, Pete Rose, Fergie Jenkins, artist Mike Grell (drawing portraits) and Baron Von Raschke. Curio Cabinet Records President and musician Robert J. Hurns says, “The music, shopping and meeting TV and sport legends make for a great time.”

Go to PopConMilwaukee.com for more info.
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10/19/17

Fans Say New Hurns CD a Metal Cornucopia with Frontal Sonic Assault, Dreamy Guitar & Songs Beg for Dancing 

  (CHICAGO, Oct. 19, 2017) – Heavy instrumental songs forged in rock, cinema and imagination run through new Chicago band Christ Stains’ ‘Meet The Christ Stains!’ CD just released by Chicagoan Robert J. Hurns, and is garnering enthusiastic feedback. It is available at www.cdbaby.com/cd/robertjhurns1 and on major streaming platforms. Listeners are saying:    

        “Golgotha (song 2) is a metal cornucopia with raw, spare drumming, begs for dancing, a synthesized oboe/clarinet dance macabre, and a raw drum score with Celtic crush chords”;

         “In Twin Peeks (song 5) we step into an ethereal world filled with intense guitar work, laden with echoes and bells  - where am I? - bluesy, takes one deep into the Pacific Northwest forest”;

        “Last Day (song 6) is the pop hit I’ve been waiting for… light, sweet frivolity with the Stains’ identifiable psychedelic guitar riffs”;

        “El Syd (song 4) brilliant, the Stains reveal their psychedelic side – get out of the way Dream Syndicate!”

        “Attack of the Giant Bumble Bee (song 7) is a full frontal sonic assault, got to dance!”;

        “Dust (song 8) has a pretty Latin beat with echo, bells … sounds like the close of the day”;

        “Shroud Sky (song 9)  layered guitar parts get one moving with mariachis as the day ends … one glances at a sky full of stars, obviously a Bowie tribute”; and,

         “Herald (song 1) Kubrick-ish soundtrack for a mystical sci-fi flick, heaven’s gates break open after the Roman trumpets!”

         One record collector said, "Meet The Christ Stains! is brilliant - lyrical and cinematic."

         The album, all original music, invokes a cinematic landscape located between rock and soundtrack, aided by treated guitars and keyboards that emulate muscular sounds such as piano, violin, cello, saxophone and pipe organ.  Each song tells a story with the melodic ‘Last Day’ written about fleeting summer.

        Three Chicago-based music fanatics and cinefiles (Hurns, Pete Zimmerman and James Grogan) created a landscape of hard rock and film score splendor in the new 'Meet The Christ Stains!' album.   

                                                       

         Chicago/Elk Grove guitarist Ron Steta, who has played with several top-rated Billboard bands over the years, adds burning guitar play to songs Golgotha, El Syd and Last Day. Hurns produced and mixed the album for Chicago’s Curio Cabinet Records. This is Hurns third album - ‘Crabby Road’ (available at www.cdbaby.com/cd/rjhurns) and ‘Music from Imaginary Movies’ (at www.cdbaby.com/cd/rjhurns2) are available from CD Baby.com. The album is also available at Rolling Stones Records in Norridge, Illinois.

     “It’s great, somewhat surreal that the record store I’d visit in the 70s and 80s will be selling my album,” Hurns said. “I remember going there the first week it opened when it was a small corner store. I never dreamed they would stock my music!”

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Robert Hurns New'Christ Stains' Rock Album Puts Mental in Instrumental, Helping Hurricane Victims

      (CHICAGO, SEPT. 13, 2017) - Heavy instrumental songs forged in rock, cinema and imagination run through new Chicago band Christ Stains’ ‘Meet The Christ Stains!’ CD released this week. It is available at www.cdbaby.com/cd/robertjhurns1. The album, featuring all original music, is on numerous streaming platforms and in MP3, MP3 320, and FLAC files.
        The new music invokes a cinematic landscape located between rock and soundtrack,  aided by treated guitars and keyboards that emulate muscular sounds such as piano, violin, cello, saxophone and pipe organ. Hard-hitting album songs include Herald, Golgotha, Man from Christ Stain, El Syd, Twin Peeks, Last Day, Attack of the Giant Bumble Bee, Dust and Shroud Sky. 
        In making 'Meet The Christ Stains!' three Chicago-based music fanatics and cinefiles (Robert J. Hurns, Pete Zimmerman and James Grogan) joined together and melded their influences to form a musical terrain less traveled for the new album. The trio created a landscape of hard rock and film score splendor - epic songs for the mind and body.       
        Chicago guitarist Ron Steta, who has played with several top-rated Billboard bands over the years, adds burning guitar play to songs Golgotha, El Syd and Last Day. Hurns, of Chicago, produced the album for Chicago’s Curio Cabinet Records.
         Hurns, principal keyboard player and guitarist, is a lawyer and musician. He has played in Chicago bands Radio Whip, The Texas Chainsaw Experience and the Tortfeasers.  Zimmerman (a product of the Old Town School of Folk Music) works in education; Grogan is a lawyer.
         This is the third album for Hurns (pictured below). His earlier solo albums ‘Crabby Road’ (available at www.cdbaby.com/cd/rjhurns) and ‘Music from Imaginary Movies’ (at www.cdbaby.com/cd/rjhurns2) can be heard and purchased from CD Baby. One can also listen to and purchase individual tracks from CD Baby.
           During the week of Sept. 11-15 CD Baby is donating net proceeds from digital sales on its music store towards relief efforts to help the victims of Hurricane Harvey and Irma, including those from 'Meet The Christ Stains!'

       Contact diane@turnermorrisoncommunicatons.com for more information.

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Chicagoan Bob Hurns’ Music Hits High Note
“His music is like vast landscapes punctuated with driving angular lines of sonic goodness”

 Go to http://cdbaby.com/cd/rjhurns

Hurns’ music is “A vast soundscape punctuated with driving angular lines of sonic greatness”

Vampy industrial rock (WZRD FM, Chicago)”

Robert Hurns’ music makes you feel like you are free on a technicality…we bet you’ll plead insanity when you hear Hurns’ latest” (The Illinois Entertainer)

Wow, this is great music; I’ve played it every day and with my training!” (Dartmouth College undergraduate)

Sly wiggly syncopated industrial pop performed on brightly toned synths and electric guitar by Hurns - many of the 13 vampy, offbeat pieces have a film soundtrack work... perhaps a collaboration with Tim  Burton should be arranged” (WZRD-FM, Chicago);                   

                                  

To date, the most downloaded songs are The Office, Sonic Magazine, Winter, Lunar Ocean, Battle Line, and Giant Monkey Island. Early listeners of the soon to be released ‘A song for Diane’ say this is a sure hit. Hurns, a lawyer and musician, played in Chicago bands Radio Whip, The Texas Chainsaw Experience and the popular Tortfeasers.

Go to http://cdbaby.com/cd/rjhurns now to order copies of Hurns’ ‘Crabby Road’ or ‘Music from Imaginary Movies’ CDs or to download individual tracks, also found at iTunes, Spotify, Napster and all the top music  access sites.  Contact diane@turnermorrisoncommunicatons.com for more information.  2014- New music coming this year!          


9/7/17

CD Baby Artists Donate to Harvey Victims

(Portland, OR, Sept. 7, 2017) - CD Baby will donate proceeds from all digital sales on their music store to Hurricane Harvey relief efforts. Between Monday, September 11th (12:00am PST), and Friday, September 15th (11:59pm PST), CD Baby will donate net proceeds from all digital sales, including the new CD 'Meet The Christ Stains!' at www.cdbaby.com/cd/robertjhurns1 , at CD Baby music store (store.cdbaby.com) to help victims of Hurricane Harvey, the recent storm that devastated east Texas and parts of Louisiana. The money collected will be given to the Red Cross, now actively working on the ground helping Harvey victims.

CD Baby is donating its cut of digital sales for the week of September 11-15, passing the money along to relief efforts. During the week, CD Baby, musicians, including the band Christ Stains, and music buyers will join together to help the victims of Harvey and begin the rebuilding efforts.  -- 30 --

By Chris Robley. CD Baby