Nothing hurts my heart more than news of another record store closing. I spotted this item on Vanishing New York, and it's taken a big poop on my day. Future Legend was that rarest of music enclaves in NYC being that it was a tiny, independent shop wherein you could find rare, imported and obscure shit by artists like Psychic TV, The Sonics and Pussy Galore above 14th Street (which is not to say that there are too many of these places left below 14th Street anymore either). I discovered Future Legend when I was still working at TIME. I strolled over to 9th Avenue one day during my non-existent lunch hour and was drawn toward it as if by a divining rod. Once inside, I swiftly found a copy of an out-of-print Robyn Hitchcock disc and the re-release of Colossal Youth by the Young Marble Giants, both of which I purchased on the spot. It became a regular stop after that.
I knew the place was going to be great before I even walked inside it, given that it's named after the grimly portentous opening salvo of my favorite Bowie album, Diamond Dogs. Music-heads and Rock Geeks of NYC I beseech thee: Rush over to Future Legend (9th Avenue, between 52nd and 53rd) right now and give them your damn money!