This is an Enhanced CD, which contains both regular audio tracks and multimedia computer files.
Beer: The Movie is the soundtrack to the short film of the same name. The brainchild of New York-based filmmaker and video director Peter Hoare, Beer is actually a documentary of sorts, chronicling the drunken antics of Hoare's pals -- a bunch of fun-loving ne'er-do-wells with a seemingly endless thirst for barley, hops, and beer pong. Musically, Beer: The Movie is a collection of punk, emo, and hip-hop, mostly from undergrounders or bands local to Hoare's Northeast base of operations. Some of the sentiment is sophomoric and irritating (belches into the mic? No thank you), but that can largely be forgiven since this is, after all, a collection of songs married to a short film about how fun it is to get pasted. Brand New's "Flying at Tree Level [Version 1.0]" is a smart combination of emo vocalism and post-grunge dynamics; acoustic troubadour Kevin Devine stops by with "Probably," and in the process turns in some great lyrical couplets and a fabulous Dave Pirner impersonation. Relative star power arrives in the form of burgeoning emo stars Taking Back Sunday (who contribute an exclusive demo mix), Moneen, and Hot Rod Circuit, while Minneapolis MC Atmosphere and Cambridge, MA's Mighty Casey break up the same-y quality of Beer's songs with some hip-hop flavor. In addition to a hilarious bonus soundbite ("He downloaded the theme song to Cheers!") that provides a further window into the liquored-up lives of Hoare and his male harem, the CD is also enhanced with a trailer for Beer: The Movie. ~ Johnny Loftus