That's the thing though, I'd rather them not do it at all until they can find 2 months and be in the same room for the whole process. Mark can afford to take 2 months and fly to San Diego/LA/wherever they're recording it. I honestly feel they needs to take this record very, very seriously and find a producer that they like, respect and would love to work with.
I think I speak for most people in here in saying that another self produced album just isn't going to do it.
He also said they plan to record after the Australian tour, I'm assuming that there's your 2 month gap.
As for the self-produced thing, Mark and Tom have both done production work and it's clear that in terms of a professional relationship that's what they view as the only solution after Jerry Finn's passing.
Incidentally, Mark also said that during Neighborhoods they were all very polite in the studio what with the whole not-wanting-to-break-up-again thing and they're "past that stage now". So that's something?