Norah Jones wants you to masturbate to her new album

Puss N Boots (left to right): Sasha Dobson, Norah Jones and Catherine Popper. (Photo courtesy of...

Puss N Boots (left to right): Sasha Dobson, Norah Jones and Catherine Popper. (Photo courtesy of Richard Ballard)

Mark Daniell, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 5:20 PM ET

After five studio albums, Norah Jones is well aware that she makes music that can be a calming soundtrack for a long Sunday drive back from the cottage.

Likewise, if you’re getting dinner ready for a romantic evening, songs from her multi-million selling 2002 LP Come Away with Me are likely to help the night go smoothly.

But for her new side-project as part of the country-roots trio Puss N Boots, Jones wants fans to experience her tunes in an entirely differently way.

“I think people should only listen to this album while masturbating,” she says with a laugh, referring to the group's album No Fools, No Fun, which arrives on Tuesday. “That’s the only way they can listen to it.”

Her bandmate, Catherine Popper, interjects, saying she hopes the album works in a lot of different environments; “not just when you are trying to meditate.”

But the threesome stick with the masturbatory theme for a moment, and things get a little R-rated.

“I was getting a bikini wax when one of Norah’s songs came on and it felt like she was in the room with me. So I would like to hear a Puss N Boots record while getting a bikini wax,” singer-drummer Sasha Dobson jokes.

Popper pauses, considering Jones’ original remark. “I don’t know if I’ve ever done that; turned on a record, and then...”

“Me neither,” Jones replies, “I think it would be too distracting.”

Dobson then asks Jones if she would take her own advice and pleasure herself to one of her own albums.

“Oh my God, that’s a masturbatory nightmare!” the Grammy-winner says in mock horror. “That would be horrible... The last thing I want to do is touch myself, while listening to myself.”

Jones has been gigging with Dobson and Popper since 2008 playing various New York clubs under the monikers Fangbanger, Dixie Fried and S---storm before settling on Puss N Boots.

“We were all wearing boots one day and this dude joked that we should be called Puss N Boots,” Popper says. “I thought it was kind of dirty, but kind of cute.”

“We knew about the cat from Shrek, but we thought it was funny ‘cause it had the double meaning,” Jones adds.

The band was started after the normally piano-based Jones decided she wanted to stretch her musicality by playing the guitar.

“Variety is the spice of life,” she says. “It’s just fun. It’s certainly more fun for me than sitting around waiting to do my next solo record. And I don’t want to be on the road with my solo things 12 months a year. So it’s a fun way for me to play music and try different things with my friends.”

The new disc features original songs from each member and covers of songs by Neil Young (Down by the River), Wilco (Jesus, Etc.), George Jones (Tarnished Angel), The Band (Twilight), Johnny Cash (Bull Rider) and others.

No Fools, No Fun follows Jones’ 2013 releases Little Broken Hearts and Foreverly with Green Day’s Billy Joe Armstrong. In addition to her work with the Little Willies and the Rome album with Jack White and Danger Mouse, the 35-year-old singer says that after a decade in the music business there hasn’t been a game plan since Come Away With Me’s runaway success.

“I was just in shock that I had gotten so lucky,” she says. “It really became a question of, ‘How do I keep this fun for myself?’ Success is amazing, but it can also make you not enjoy things as much... I remember thinking, ‘How do I keep all this good fortune and stay happy and keep making music and not let this freak me out too much?’ That was the only game plan.”

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