Daft Jams


Vitamin capsules

The late Peter Tork once said “pop music is aspirin and the blues are vitamins.”

Not sure I agree but it does pose the question: what kind of music do you find cathartic? Or enriching in some way, like vitamins. This playlist is for all you healthy people out there (and the ones needing some nutrients in their diet). I bet you didn’t think there’d be so many songs with the word “vitamin” in the title, did you?

Vitamin A – Important for vision, the immune system, and reproduction. It also helps the heart, lungs, and kidneys to work. Found in liver, fish oils, dairy products, eggs, leafy green vegetables, orange and yellow vegetables (carrots, broccoli, cantaloupe, and squash), and fortified cereals.

Vitamin B12 – Important for red blood cell formation, neurological function, and DNA synthesis. Found in fish, meat (particularly beef), poultry, eggs, dairy products, and fortified cereals.

Vitamin C – The most well known, important for the growth, development and repair of tissue in the body. Found in citrus fruits as well as tomatoes, red and green peppers, and potatoes. And supplements of course.

Vitamin D – good for your bones (keep your mind out of the gutter) and teeth. Also supports the immune system. Found in dairy products, fish oil, and fatty fish (herring and swordfish).

Vitamin K – Needed for proteins that help blood coagulation, also good for bones. Found in leafy green vegetables like kale, spinach, and collards. Much like the MMR vaccine’s erroneous link to autism, Vitamin K injections in newborns were incorrectly linked to cancer and the claims were refuted upon review due to poor research and a lack of evidence.

Vitamin R – A colloquial name for methylphenidate, also known by its commercial name, Ritalin. It is a “stimulant medication used to treat ADHD and narcolepsy”, although many believe it is over-medicated for ADHD.

Vitamin S – A term used for salicylic acid, which isn’t a vitamin at all. It is used as medication to treat “warts, psoriasis, acne, ringworm, dandruff, and ichthyosis”.

What’s your favourite supplement? Let us know in the comments. (Just kidding! Although if you really need to tell us, we won’t stop you.)

Where’s The Beef?

Cow on rangeland in Toole County, July 1983. Nice beef.

Some meaty tracks and an orange curry beef recipe.

(Recipe taken from Public Health Cookbook via Recipies Wikia)

Orange Curry Beef with Cucumber Raita

Ingredients (for 4 servings)

Cook Time: 1 hour, 10 minutes

  • 1 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 2 small shallots, halved
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 lb lean beef, extra fat trimmed, cut into ¾-inch cubes
  • 3 tbsp curry paste
  • 2 cups low sodium beef broth
  • 3 medium-sized oranges
  • 2 tsp cornstarch
  • Jasmine rice (optional)

Cucumber raita

  1. Add olive to a large pan over medium heat. Once the oil begins to shimmer, add the mushrooms and cook until tender, 5 to 6 minutes. Transfer the mushrooms to a plate.
  2. In the same pan, add the butter. Add the onion, ground beef, and garlic powder. Stir until the meat is browned, breaking it up as you stir.
  3. Drain any excess fat and return the pan to the stove.
  4. Add the flour and paprika. Stir until thick, about 1 to 2 minutes.
  5. Add the sherry, and stir, scraping up any brown bits from the bottom of the pan.
  6. Add the beef broth and bring the mixture to a boil.
  7. Add the egg noodles, salt, and pepper. Reduce the heat to simmer. Cover the pan with a lid.
  8. Stir often, until the noodles are tender, about 8 to 10 minutes.
  9. Return the mushrooms to the pan and stir to combine.
  10. Add the sour cream and stir. Top with chopped parsley.
  11. Enjoy!

Hello world!

Love Turning the World by Auguste Rodin (1881)

This is how every blog starts. So why change it? Hello, world!

I was sad to see Motel de Moka go all those years ago and yesterday, I had a brain wave – why not start a MP3/playlist blog? I loved their theme hence why I’m using it here (hope they don’t mind). MP3s are supposed to be dead but I still use them and I love nostalgia too. And that’s why DaftJams is here. So, hello old world!

But why DaftJams? I couldn’t think of a name and then Daft Punk came into my head. Then Daft Jazz. Then DaftJams. Daft because it’s about MP3s. Jams because there’ll be lots of them here.

All the tracks you can download will be free and all the images used are in the public domain. I want to make sure everything is as freely available to readers as possible.

Let’s start this with my first playlist.


DaftJams is an MP3/playlist blog. All the MP3s featured are free and all images are part of the public domain.

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