Address: 230 High St, Northcote VIC 3070, Australia
Rathdowne Records grew out of Small Screen, a DVD rental shop in Carlton. Owner Joel Shortman started selling movie soundtracks, jazz and rock records out the back in 2007. Around the same time, university students were leaving the area and illegal movie downloading was beginning to boom.The writing was on the wall, so he pivoted. Rathdowne Records, the name Shortman gave the vinyl side of the business, quickly developing a reputation as one of the best stockists of jazz records in Melbourne. Over the next few years he expanded into funk and hip-hop. Soon the records were bringing in more money than the DVDs, and he moved to Northcote.In contrast to his previous digs, there’s an abundance of space now to display his records and his dressmaker partner Linda Doble has a large working space out the back for her business. There’s even a wall of hand-picked DVDs. They’re for sale, not rent, and it’s highly unlikely you’ll find any Adam Sandler titles among them. Rathdowne Records also sells record cabinets from Vinyl Station. Flip, play and chill. Vinyl Station record cabinets are designed to easily play vinyl, and hopefully play more often. Made in Australia from 100% recycled plastic.