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Gary Arce. Godfather of Desert Rock. El Rock Del Desierto
Christina Bishop
Palm Desert, California
United States
1 Team Member
August 10, 2013
The fundraiser has ended, and Gary and I would like to give a big, giant thanks to all of you who have generously donated to our cause; the funding via which will be used for the recording, production and pressing of the upcoming YAWNING MAN ALBUM! Gary and myself are grateful beyond belief, and are literally beside ourselves at the amount of generosity from you all! The fact that we have earned more than 50% of our goal is nothing short of humbling and, of course, because of the decision we made to make this a full-length Yawning Man album (which was made AFTER we had set our original financial goal), those 'excess' funds are of the utmost necessity. As well,  we will be donating 10% of the overage to Alliance for Animals as we promised. We feel it is always important to give when given to! :-)
We truly consider you all 'family' and your support and encouragement means the world to us. Please be sure to keep in touch with us via Facebook for updates  regarding the upcoming album, and any other news about Yawning Man and of course with any updates that involve you who have donated, we will also be updating here. Cheers! :-)
~Christina Bishop and Gary Arce
July 19, 2013
***KIND FRIENDS!!! We have yet ANOTHER important update! Due to the nature of this news, in addition to just posting in the 'updates' section, I really want what I am about to say to be up front, right here for you all to see. And here it is:
Hello, all of you awesome people: current supporters of our project, and those who are to be future supporters as well!

We have another very important announcement to make about the 'line up' and who will be playing/recording this record with Gary....

I want to first say that I personally apologize for having to keep 'changing' things up with this fundraiser, but sometimes things are out of my, and Gary's control, and I surely hope you all understand. If you know bands and how they work, then you probably understand that sometimes things just don't always go as planned! That said, many of you know this project has always been all about Gary, and that who he would opt to play with was always somewhat negotiable anyway, seeing as he is the literal 'heart' and soul sound of Yawning Man, and pretty much any project he has ever been involved in or with. So, here is the scoop...

Neither Mario nor Alfredo will be performing on this session/release. I am truly sorry for any disappointment this may cause, but while this may seem unfortunate, it is absolutely not; please, continue reading because I promise you will be happy! We have some GREAT news that will surely exceed any expectations you may have had about what is to come!

Gary will be playing with bassist Billy Cordell (Kyuss Lives) and drummer Bill Stinson (Ten East, Chuck Dukowski). Billy has played with Gary/Yawning man extensively, and has toured with Yawning Man in Europe, and Bill has as well. Gary has been told often that Yawning Man sounded better than ever with these guys when they have toured in the past! These are super talented, Desert-bred folks.
And this here should sure flip y'alls skirts: rather than this just being a 'side project' EP type of thing with the Yawning Man name, we are planning to make this a FULL LENGTH "official" Yawning Man ALBUM- provided we get the funds we need (and, hopefully more, due to the cost of engineering/recording/pressing vinyl). And of course, we still want to have enough to donate to our charity, Alliance For Animals (http://www.afaboston.org/) so PLEASE...keep sharing this page, and doing what really is just 'pre-ordering' our upcoming album!

But wait...the BEST news...for all of you big Yawning Man fans, and fans of Kyuss: Gary/Yawning Man will finally, at long last be doing a BRAND NEW version of the song that Gary wrote so many years ago, later to be covered by Kyuss: CATAMARAN!!!
We are so excited we can hardly contain ourselves, and we hope you are too!

Thanks again for your understanding about the changes we keep making. From now on, all you need to expect, hopefully with eager anticipation, is some NEW killer songs which will have the signature sound that only THE legendary Gary Arce is able to create.
Cheers, and thank you for your generosity, and participation! Cheers and big, loud love to you all. :-)




If you've ever heard of the seminal Desert Rock band Yawning Man, then you've should know that what/who makes Yawning Man's music stand out, and sets them far apart from their Desert Rock followers and contemporaries (Kyuss, QOTSA, etc.), is, specifically, Gary Arce. His uncanny ability to capture some of the most ethereal, psychedelic guitar tones ever made has been captivating friends and now, many fans across the globe, for over 25 years.


Although Yawning Man as a band has a fairly limited library of 'officially' released music, Gary has been quite active over the years, and has participated in lot of 'side projects', each one of them are different and often peppered with some very revered musicians, but every project has his 'signature sound' within. Gary's creativity is unending and his goal is to create and sculpt as much music that his heart, and hands are able to procure- and, of course, document in the form of a actual recordings...


So, why the need to raise funds ahead of time? Well, as of right now, although Gary is absolutely active in Yawning Man, he is yearning to create a brand new, unique, and very special album that is one of a kind- separate from Yawning Man. Gary would like to team up with some other talented musicians to create some brand new, incredible music....we can expect to have amazing musicians literally knocking his door down to work with him, since it has always happened in the past, so this is 'mystery project' for us too. We're hoping this adds to the excitement!


All we can tell you is that once the funds are raised, in the studio they go (we already have the genius Harper Hug at Thunder Underground Studios http://thunder-underground.com/ ready and waiting!). The 'they' will be an as-it-happens-thing. With Gary involved- you *KNOW* it will be excellent! However, Gary needs some financial support in order to make it happen. This is where YOU come in, and why this page was created!


We want to do this grass-roots style, and get YOU all involved, and we would be honored to have you all as fans and friends be a part of the process! We really want to make this a 'minimalist' project, so we aren't asking for a ton of cash- just enough to get some recording/engineering time as well as fund the post production. We'd like to think of this is a way to 'pre-order' what we are sure you know will be an album you'll appreciate and want, while adding some 'extras' to entice- like some of the additional, one-of-a-kind 'fun' items!


So please, join us in this quest to bring more beauty to this world by pledging- or even just spreading the word about this project. And if you pledge, you can always add a dollar or two to whatever item you choose for good karma. We certainly appreciate it!


Oh, and whatever we raise over and above our goal will absolutely be used to further production, extra engineering, etc. to make the music more than spectacular...*In addition, anything we earn OVER our goal, we will donate AT LEAST 10% to ALLIANCE FOR ANIMALS, Boston, a humane organization (501 (C)(3) registered http://www.afaboston.org/

This means that 10% of our surplus, plus extra money after production will be generously donated towards the welfare of our beloved furry friends.


So have fun with this! We encourage you to donate, even if it's a little- every donation counts! And please, be sure share this page with all of your music loving freinds (and also your music hating friends because if they hate music, then you'll have fun annoying them with good music like this). ;-)

Thank you very, very much in advance. Cheers!


*On the off chance you've never heard Yawning Man, which is Gary's 'main' band, here is a good start:


Yawning Man ~ Perpetual Oyster


And below are the links to listen to some of Gary's side projects. Each of them are excellent and unique. No telling what he will do this time, but it's clear the running theme is simply stellar! Listen to samples of a few of the many successful side projects he has participated in:



With Sera Beth Timms (Black Math Horseman, Ides of Gemini)


Ten East

With Greg Ginn (Black Flag), Brant Bjork (Kyuss), etc.


Fatso Jetson/Kyuss

Gary wrote both of these songs, and performed on the album “Flames for All”


Yawning Sons

Wendy Rae Fowler (QOTSA, Earthlings?), Members of Sons of Alpha Centauri, etc.



Mario Lalli (Fatso Jetson), Abby Travis (Masters of Reality, KMFDM, etc.) and kind generosity from Linda Perry (Four Non Blondes, Pink, etc.)


Ben and Toby Wrecker, power duo from Australia


Dark Tooth Encounter

With Scott Reeder (Kyuss, Obsessed), Mario Lalli, etc.


And there are many more- but you get the idea!

 If you have any questions about this campaign, feel free to contact Christina at bigsn13@gmail.com


Thank you, and cheers! :-)







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  • $1USD
    Camel Tow

    We thank you kindly for your generosity, and support! :-)

    1 claimed
  • $5USD
    Camel Tow Too

    A mention of your name in our liner notes, as appreciation of your generosity and support!

    6 claimed
  • $10USD
    Buffalo Chips

    Full (high quality bitrate/format) Download of EVERY song recorded! (ALL album artwork, along with any inserts, will be included for you to print)!

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  • $20USD
    Advanced Darkness

    The Compact Disc, signed by Gary (and addt'l band members if they're local) AND the digital download. Postage Paid in the U.S. (Outside of U.S. please add $5. Australia and Asia, please add $8)

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  • $30USD
    Deaf Conductor

    NEW PERK!!! This is a stand-alone offer. It includes your very own copy of the limited edition of the 12” Vinyl that we have decided to press, as of today (7-9-13)! We will also include the digital download of all the songs for you. Postage Paid in the U.S.- outside of the contiguous U.S. Please add $10. Australia and Asia please add $15. *If you are choosing this AND another perk that includes vinyl, then please simply add another $5 for outside the US and $7 for Australia and Asia

    22 out of 50 claimed
  • $35USD

    Digital Download, CD, Nod in Liner notes PLUS a copy of the limited release VINYL of 12” Tri-colored WaterWays album signed by Gary! (Outside of contiguous U.S. please add $10. Australia or Asia, add $15)

    7 out of 25 claimed

    Sweet Nugget

    CD, Digital Download, Nod in Liner Notes, WW 12" Vinyl PLUS the SUPER limited 7”, WaterWays split with Yawning Sons on blue heavy weight vinyl, mastered at the famous ABBEY ROAD studios, London! Signed by Gary! (Outside of contiguous U.S. please add $10.Australia or Asia, add $15)

    6 out of 6 claimed
  • $50USD
    Traverse Of The Oxen

    Digital Download, CD, WW 12" Vinyl PLUS the Limited Edition 12" Vinyl EP Gary recorded with the critically acclaimed Australian Power Duo HOTEL WRECKING CITY TRADERS! (Outside of contiguous U.S. please add $10. Australia or Asia, add $15)

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  • $95USD
    Bet I'll Six

    Digital Download, CD, WW 12" HWCT 12", PLUS a photo/drawing of your choice as an insert to be included in the CD! It can be you, your dog, your dog's butt...a drawing your dog made of YOUR butt, whatever you want! (Appropriateness permitting, at Gary's discretion- which is pretty lenient) (Outside of contiguous U.S. please add $10. Australia and Asia add $15)

    1 out of 6 claimed

    Rock Formations

    ALL of the above PLUS a two color photo/drawing of your choice on the CD itself, of whatever you want! (pending Gary's approval, and he likes most anything, just make sure it is original (it can't infringe upon copyrights), and nothing too offensive or horrific).

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    Name That Tune

    Digital Download, CD, both WW vinyls signed, HWCT Vinyl, nod in liner notes, and you can choose the title for ONE SONG! It can be ANYTHING you want (so long as it's PG rated. Twisted and perverse is OK, so long as it isn't obvious to the kiddies).

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  • $110USD
    Encounters With an Angry God

    Digital Download, CD, WW 12" signed by Gary, HWCT 12" signed by Gary, nod in liner notes, AND a CUSTOM Tshirt, hand-drawn/signed FOR YOU by the wacky talents of Gary Arce! With a Sharpie, so this collectable, wearable artwork will last forever. Size will be adult L. *Not for the faint at heart. He will draw you, if you'd like. Please specify your choice of family friendly or Xrated version

    3 out of 15 claimed
  • $650USD

    ALL of the above PLUS you will be given the title of PRODUCER in our liner notes, AND you will receive a framed, signed, unique and abstract drawing by Gary Arce- drawn just for YOU! (ONE donor, first come first serve.)

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  • $1,000USD
    Far-off Adventure

    Gary (and possibly other musicians) will come to YOUR house, or whatever destination you choose (sound and zoning limitations permitting) and play a 1 ½ hour set for you and your friends, animals or puppets (within approx. 120 miles of the Los Angeles area). Vinyl, CD, digital download, Tshirt, nod in liner notes, custom insert, and the WW and HWCT 12" Vinyls are also included.

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