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Tunes for a Monday Morning

I'm starting this week tired to the bone, so here are a trio of tunes to get the energy flowing...

Above, "Les Hommes que j'aime" from La Rou Kétanou: three musicians out of the Théâtre du fil in Paris who mix French chason with elements of folk, gypsy jazz, reggae, and a bit of poetry thrown in for good measure.

Next, the Parisian electro-swing band Caravan Palace, with a modern take on Cab Calloway's "Minnie the Moocher," performed in Germany.

And finally, "The Penniless Optimist" from The Electric Swing Circus. This English electro-swing band out of Birmingham mixes '20s-style swing with gypsy jazz, breakbeat, house, dubstep, and circus performance.