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A grassroots group of concerned citizens committed to taking action. We challenge the conventional wisdom and entrenched interests to serve their constituents.

A grassroots group of concerned citizens committed to taking action. We challenge the conventional wisdom and entrenched interests to serve their constituents.
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A grassroots group of concerned citizens committed to taking action. We challenge the conventional wisdom and entrenched interests to serve their constituents.

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@hificritics

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English


Episodes

Light in the Dark - Lori Lightfoot: Chicago Mayor (HiFi Critics)

5/17/2019
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Ohio carpetbagger, Lori Lightfoot will be inaugurated on May 20th and usher in a new era in Chicago’s City Hall. A corporate lawyer who had police board oversight before running for Mayor, what will she do in the first 100 days to retain your support?

Duration:00:18:50

Can’t Find a Better Man - Pearl Jam Record Store Day 2019 Ambassadors

4/8/2019
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Our loyal readers know how strong our opinions are about cashgrab band Pearl Jam. Fortunately for you, Pearl Jam has been “selected” as the Record Store Day 2019 ambassadors. That means the PJ cashgrab is in fuller effect for 2019 than ever before! On an excitement level scale of one to ten, one being the Oscars and ten being the Splashlist Awards, how excited are you to hear Eddie Vedder’s nails on a chalkboard voice telling you how important record stores are?

Duration:00:17:02

Madame Mayor - Chicago Mayor 2019 - HiFi Critics

3/28/2019
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In an upset, two female, african-american candidates won the run-off positions in the Chicago Mayor’s race. Toni Preckwinkle, Cook Country Board President, and Lori Lightfoot, former federal prosecutor, will face off on April 2nd. Why did none of the critics predicted this?

Duration:00:16:17

Honey, I Shrunk The Vinyl! - HiFi Critics (Record Store Day)

3/9/2019
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The Record Store Day official list is out and it comes in three inches! (Real News) Cosmopolitan elites love to appear anti-establishment by bashing this annual event, but they are the first ones with their hands out. There’s a new three inch format this year and it’s proof that the #cashgrab is in full effect. Looking at this year’s RSD exclusive list, what are the top three releases that you must have and why? (Real News)

Duration:00:27:38

Please Don’t Play Two!! - HiFi Critics (Pearl Jam)

3/2/2019
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Newly minted 2019 Record Store Day Ambassadors, Pearl Jam, a caricature of themselves these last 20 years, have jumped on the Chicago Cubs bandwagon for the last five years. So much so that they not only played Wrigley Field every year for the last five, but also put out a double LP *and* a two-hour propaganda vehicle in 2017. On the emotional #cashgrab spectrum from one to ten, one being any Dave Matthews Band RSD release to ten being a Smashing Pumpkin RSD release.

Duration:00:19:24

Dead or a Live Nation - HiFi Critics (Chicago)

2/24/2019
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Live music nerds best friend, Live Nation, has been thwarted by 2nd ward alderman Brian “BoHo” Hopkins and the local music venue gestapo. Plans for a thriving entertainment district, including medium sized music venues, were swatted away. Why are these mob-like small music venues challenging the free market job creator, Live Nation?

Duration:00:16:26

2018 Splashlist Awards - Vinyl Edition - HiFi Critics

12/31/2018
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Our esteemed panel of HiFi Critics unloads on the biggest, the best and the most tremendous answers of everything that happened in 2018.

Duration:00:31:30

2018 Splashlist Awards - Chicago Edition - HiFi Critics

12/23/2018
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Our esteemed panel of HiFi Critics unloads on the biggest, the best and the most tremendous answers of everything that happened in 2018.

Duration:00:15:52

2018 Splashlist Awards - National Edition - HiFI Critics

12/20/2018
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Our esteemed panel of HiFi Critics unloads on the biggest, the best and the most tremendous answers of everything that happened in 2018

Duration:00:16:41

Fixie Fool - HiFi Critics

11/27/2018
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Nanny staters rejoice! Riding bikes on the Riverwalk are about to be outlawed thanks to real estate’s favorite alderman, Brendan Reilly. What is the real reason that Slimy Brendan Reilly wants to kick the free market in the spoke with this government overreach?

Duration:00:13:34

Battle of the Network Stars

11/23/2018
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The 21st century has shown that any idiot with a camera and some space can broadcast their “ideas” out to the world. This same effect has moved from the basement and into the studio. Say goodbye to CNN and say hello to One American News Network or NRATV. These upstarts are helping their audiences “think differently”. Are audiences suffering from fatigue from the old and boring networks? What are they looking for? Which alternative network are you subscribed to?

Duration:00:17:29

Treasure Island - HiFi Critics

11/5/2018
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The free market never stops. A piece of Chicago’s identity is liberated because another local grocery chain, Treasure Island, follows in the footsteps of Dominick’s and shuts down due to big grocery, a.k.a. Amazon/Whole Paycheck. How significant of a loss is America’s Most European Grocery Store?

Duration:00:19:40

Back to the Future?

11/2/2018
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In his quest to “Make American Great Again”, President Donald J. Trump may have accidentally turned on the flux capacitor and hit 88 miles per hour and taken us to a time when the big three networks dominated TV with their great shows. Whether it’s Murphy Brown, Roseanne or the intergalactic family saga Alf, reboots are all the rage in Hollywood. What’s the deal with all these reboots?

Duration:00:18:12

American Exceptionalism with a British Accent - HiFi Critics (Record Store Day Black Friday)

10/26/2018
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The Black Friday Record Store Day official list is out, spreading a new hope amongst vinyl enthusiasts around the world. ) Although BFRSD is the smaller sibling to the original RSD in April, the volume of releases is still significant. However, the quality of black Friday edition releases is questioned in some cosmopolitan elitist circles. Looking at this year’s BFRSD exclusive list, what are the top three releases that you must have and why? We discuss our top 3 records, our also rans and...

Duration:00:19:54

Retro Revolution - HiFi Critics

10/9/2018
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Now that Record Store Day has captured the limitless boundaries of discerning consumers by tapping into the Zeitgeist of the Trump and Rauner Administrations, a nation turns its lonely eyes towards you, cassette store day! What? You weren’t aware of Cassette Store Day on October 13th? Neither are the cassette stores because there aren’t any! What have we as humans done to deserve this retro copycat day?

Duration:00:15:43

Youtube Music - HiFi Critics

10/4/2018
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Google’s brilliant YouTube acquisition recently announced a change to their subscription services, YouTube Red and Google Music. The newly minted service, YouTube Music, builds upon the massive YouTube audience of 1.8 billion monthly users. This service clearly is a play for the future of music and tv due to all the additional content and media that YouTube has over the also rans Spotify, Pandora and Apple’s failing iMusic. What do you think is the end game for Google with this change?

Duration:00:14:40

Chicago: Game of Thrones - HiFI Critics

9/20/2018
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Sorry Eagles, we misinformed you. In a segment last year, we preached about the 2019 Chicago mayoral race. At the time we were convinced Rahm Emanuel was going to keep his stronghold in the City of Chicago. In a stunning development, Rahm dropped a bomb on political pundits by announcing that he will not seek reelection. With no incumbent for the 2019 Chicago Mayoral election, who do you think will lead the pack? And why isn’t Rahm running?

Duration:00:18:00

Solo Going Rogue - HiFi Critics (A Star Wars Story)

8/28/2018
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A mere 5 months since the last movie in the Star Wars franchise went live, we have received from the heavens the second standalone movie, Solo. Following the initial standalone movie’s great success 1 and a half years ago, Solo has so far been both a critical disappointment and a commercial failure of U2 on iPhone proportions. Have you lost hope in Disney’s ability to inspire the human race or do you think that Solo is a modern day Out of Africa movie masterpiece?

Duration:00:14:40

Human or Algorithmic Cheese? - HiFi Critics

7/25/2018
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Some esteemed members of this panel like to reference the overlords at iHeartRadio as their feeble attempt to diminish the greatest musical discovery service of all time, the radio. Their main flat radio argument seems to be that some crooked individual in a dark room is scheming with the artists to decide what should be the next hot song. Those same panelists imply that their music discovery playlists on Spotify are somehow less “commercialized” than the radio because an algorithm or a...

Duration:00:14:55

Aquacultural Elites? - HiFi Critics

7/24/2018
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Aquaculture, the process of raising seafood, has been on the rise in recent years due to the voracious appetite of Americans. Fortunately, the Midwest, where your HiFi Critics are based, by choice, is a potential garden of eden for aquaculture due to the ancient sea depositing salt on our bountiful land. In fact, the Midwest could become the solution to America’s seafood trade imbalance. Are you in favor of State of Illinois subsidies to support the development of local aquaculture?

Duration:00:18:00