Weezer fans wouldn't be blamed for being a bit confused as to the group's working schedule. After releasing only two albums during its first seven years of existence, the band dropped the Geffen sets

Weezer fans wouldn't be blamed for being a bit confused as to the group's working schedule. After releasing only two albums during its first seven years of existence, the band dropped the Geffen sets "Weezer" ("The Green Album") and "Maladroit" in May 2001 and May 2002, respectively. Now the Weezer camp is hard at work on a variety of projects.

First, the group is in the pre-production stages for its fifth studio album, cutting demos and rehearsing. It plans to start recording in the late summer or fall with, as previously reported, celebrated producer Rick Rubin.

Weezer has recorded a number of new tracks for compilations, and is working on a DVD, a special edition reissue of its debut album and a brand-new studio set. As previously reported, the group is contributing an unreleased 1995 demo titled "You Won't Get With Me Tonight" to "Gimme Skelter," a compilation album due in September from Buddyhead Records.

A live recording of "Why Bother" was included on the Petra Haden benefit double 7" on Vegas Records, and Weezer is also readying a newly recorded cover of Green Day's "Worry Rock" for the Green Day tribute "A Different Shade of Green," released this week by Skunk Ape Records.

The DVD is expected to be released by December but no details are yet available as to its content. The group's official Web site says the main content of the disc is finished, with a projected running time of more than three hours. The site also says the band is working on ideas for an expanded reissue of its 1994 Geffen debut, "Weezer" ("The Blue Album").