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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

Baseball Legend Gary Pressey - Chicago Cubs (HiFi Critics)

8/2/2019
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Cal Ripken, move over! Chicago Cubs Organist, Gary Pressy, just passed Cal’s consecutive games played record at 2,633. This is a record that will never be broken! Baseball’s last great iron man is with America’s favorite Chicago baseball club. With this achievement, does Gary Pressy guarantee induction into the baseball hall of fame on the first ballot?

Duration:00:17:50

Cubs Miracle - HiFi Critics (Chicago)

7/12/2019
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A group of Chicago Cubs superfans have decided that the world needs a musical interpretation of the Cubs World Series run in the context of a blue collar Cubs family losing their faith and then rediscovering it. Knowing that Joe Ricketts is the pro-Trump owner of the Cubs, what bothers you most about this musical?

Duration:00:15:50

Scooter Invasion - HiFi Critics (Chicago)

7/3/2019
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Chicago, the home of the start of Route 66, began a shared scooter program on June 15th. This 21st century invention proposes to solve the last mile challenge for short trips. However, many other transportation promises have blown a tire on their way to heaven. Will this e-scooter pilot end in a stairway to heaven or a highway to hell?

Duration:00:05:09

The Double Door Returns - Chicago (HiFi Critics)

6/14/2019
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The iconic Chicago small club the Double Door, replaced in Wicker Park by the expensive cooler company Yeti, will open this August in Uptown. The Double Door will provide the finishing touches to a free market solution initiated by their owners who failed to extend their lease. Darwin wins again, or does he? Was Wicker Park’s loss more than offset by Uptown’s gain?

Duration:00:15:20

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