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L.A.'s punk scene went places in 2011 -- mostly to the beach and the bar. Many of the year's best records in the genre were heavily infused with a surf-garage rock sound and lyrics about being really, really fucked up. It's a rather stark transition away from The Smell's sober ethic.
A note: These albums weren't ranked entirely in the traditional way; I also took into account how well the energy from their songs translated into live shows.
5. The Lovely Bad Things
New Ghost/ Old Waves
After stirring up a feeding frenzy for their Shark Week tape, The Lovely Bad Things further chummed the waters with New Ghost/Old Waves. Playing what has been accurately described as "kitchen sink rock", the quartet are best at their fastest. Standouts include the Tiger Army-esque "Old Ghost," and "Icee Creeps," an excellent loose mess of a track.