And now, a few words on the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge. It’s difficult to look at just about any social media feed these days and not be bombarded with videos of people dumping buckets of ice water on their heads. The goal is to raise greater awareness of the neurodegenerative disease Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), aka Lou Gehrig’s Disease. You could say that the campaign has been a gigantic success, since just about everyone seems to be participating, including the most famous musicians, actors, and politicians, among others. My personal favorite at this point has to be Foo Fighters’ three minute tribute to the classic horror film Carrie. Most people make a quick video in their backyard, bathroom or wherever they happen to be at the time, but if you’ve got sets and costumes and other elements, that’s going above and beyond. If you’re willing to take even 10 seconds out of your day to dump some ice water on your head, you can also take 10 seconds to make a donation to the ALS Association. It’s a good cause, so please don’t forget to give! I’ve got my own ice bucket video and have made my own donation, however I’d prefer to keep both of those things private. If you’d like to share your personal ice bucket video with me, feel free to put a link in the comments, or even tweet it at me. Thanks for doing your part! Now how about today’s Pick Your Poison? There’s some great tracks in this set from Brother Earth, Dustin Wong & Takado Minekawa, Futurebirds, GTA and Mumblr. In the Soundcloud section after the jump, stream songs from Asteroid No. 4, Deerhoof, Kim Hiorthoy, The Rural Alberta Advantage, The Twilight Sad and The Unicorns.

Brother Earth – City of Gold

Dustin Wong & Takako Minekawa – She He See Feel

Futurebirds – (Don’t Go Back To) Rockville (R.E.M. cover)

GTA – Cake

K-Rec – Best Foot (ft. Chaplyn)

Mumblr – Roach

Oscar and the Wolf – Strange Entity (FriendsInParis Remix)

Pan – Baton (Callosum Remix)

Phoenix – Bankrupt! (Gesaffelstein Remix)

The Tallest Tree – I’ll Be Your

Thorn1 – Clearly and Consciously

Water Face – Work the Love


Asteroid No. 4 – Back of Your Mind

Deerhoof – Exit Only

Kim Hiorthøy – The Woods

The Rural Alberta Advantage – On the Rocks

The Twilight Sad – There’s A Girl in the Corner

The Unicorns – Let Me Sleep