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Porthole Records

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by Kim Simpson (subscribe)
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Published May 24th 2013
Step back in time with some vinyl
It's official, vinyl is back. Ok, so it's been back for a long time, but judging by the number of my friends who own record players and vinyl, it's not going anywhere. With modern artists releasing stuff on vinyl these days, it's no wonder that we're all looking for good deals on records to add to our collection.

Well, I've found one, in the heart of Port Adelaide. I'm not sure if I should share it, because in owner Rick's own words, "I'd hate it to be too busy in here". When you go to Porthole Records and meet Rick, you'll understand what I mean. He isn't particularly forthcoming, but is friendly enough, and you can tell that he is a man who knows a hell of a lot about music.

Porthole Records
Porthole Records

I personally was most struck by the fantastic movie posters on the walls, which led us into a great conversation about old "B" movies, and my own poster collection. Rick was surprised; he didn't think it was fashionable to hang things on your walls these days. "It might not be", I assured him, "but I love them."

Vintage wall decorations

If old film posters and magazine covers with Elvis on them aren't your thing, don't worry. Porthole lives up to it's name. It is chock full of records just waiting for you to discover. Rick is mainly into the 1960s, but you will find almost anything in here.

Who knows what you'll find here?

He doesn't go out of his way to order the new stuff - all his stock is second hand - but he does have some, like Tame Impala, in at the moment. The prices vary greatly, but there is a $1 box. Most of the stuff I was interested in - female artists and groups from the 1950s and 60s - was really reasonable, with stuff from $5 going up to $25.

There's a variety of formats too

The posters on the walls and the stacks and stacks of records was almost too much. After about twenty minutes I had to leave for fear of bankrupting myself. If you're looking to add to your record collection for a decent price, head on down to Porthole. But space yourselves out, Rick doesn't like it to be too busy.
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Why? Record store bursting at the seams with undiscovered gems
When: Fri-Sun 11am-5pm
Where: 85 Commercial Rd, Port Adelaide
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