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Weezer raids its vaults for "Odds and Ends"

NEW YORK —-  On the heels of the release of the second volume of Weezer frontman Rivers Cuomo’s home recordings, the alternative rock group is now taking a look back into its own vaults.

Cuomo told Billboard he has “no idea” when the tentatively titled “Odds and Ends” will be released, but describes it as “just another fun project to do. They’re great songs, but for some reason they didn’t make the final cut for (a) record. They span a vast period of time from the very beginning of our career in the early ’90s right up to the present day.”

Cuomo said that Weezer might tour in the spring with British rockers Oasis and is hoping to enlist filmmaker Spike Jonze (” Being John Malkovich “) to direct a video for the song “The Greatest Man Who Ever Lived” from its recent “The Red Album.”

The next Weezer studio album appears to be a way off, but the group recently recorded six Christmas carols that will be downloadable for the iPhone game “Tap Tap Revenge,” including “Oh Holy Night .” Said Cuomo, “They’re the classics.”

In addition, Cuomo recently wrote a song with sibling pop duo Aly & AJ. “It was such a blast to remember how teenagers approach songwriting,” he said of the experience. “Their minds just work so fast, and they have no fear and no ego.”

Cuomo’s “Alone II: The Home Recordings” was released in late November by Suretone/Geffen. The first installment came out in December 2007.

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