The Alone series is a multiple-release collection of demos by Rivers Cuomo. The first release was Alone: The Home Recordings of Rivers Cuomo in 2007, followed by Alone II: The Home Recordings of Rivers Cuomo in 2008. Both discs contains detailed liner notes written by Cuomo about the creation of each song. A few days after the release of Alone II, Cuomo organized a hootenanny at Fingerprints Records in Long Beach, California wherein Cuomo performed vocals for songs accompanied by fans playing instruments. This performance was released to independent record stores the following year as Not Alone: Rivers Cuomo & Friends Live at Fingerprints in both CD and DVD formats. A third installment in the Alone series, Alone III: The Pinkerton Years, appeared as a pack-in CD with the book The Pinkerton Diaries which documents Cuomo's life from the release of The Blue Album through the end of the release cycle for Pinkerton and includes photographs, essays, and journal entries from that period.
In a USTREAM chat on September 5, 2010 and again in an interview with SPIN magazine, Cuomo hinted that an Alone IV, V and VI would be released in the future, with Alone IV and V containing more of Cuomo's Weezer demos while Alone VI would “just be Rivers songs”. Cuomo later suggested to fans that Alone VI would consist solely of cover songs. According to fans who attended Nerd Night around 2013 or 2014, Alone IV was, at the time, considered as a compilation of demos for already-released Weezer songs . These installments ultimately never materialized, however, and according to some fans, Cuomo has privately expressed regret over releasing the existing Alone albums . In 2019, Cuomo has described his more recent writing process as utilizing demos as far back as the early 90s :
The way I write now, I have a folder of about 1,400 demos. And I look at it through a program called Mp3tag. I’ll be writing a song, and I’ll know: “All right, I need a bridge that’s at 132 bpm, in the Key of A-flat major, and the bridge needs to start on the two chord, and the melody needs to be on the fourth degree of the scale.” I press “Go,” and Mp3tag returns the ten matching demos I have.
It is possible that Cuomo no longer intends to continue the Alone series, instead preferring to keep recordings to himself in order to reappropriate them for future Weezer songs.
- Alone: The Home Recordings of Rivers Cuomo (2007)
- Alone II: The Home Recordings of Rivers Cuomo (2008)
- Not Alone: Rivers Cuomo & Friends Live at Fingerprints (2009)
- Alone III: The Pinkerton Years (2011)