After two years, five editors, 53 columns, 146 blogs and countless nights at rock shows, the time has come for me to step down from my post as City Weekend’s nightlife correspondent. And, while I’m not much for sentimentality, I’m definitely a believer in self-congratulation, so, for my final column, I’d like to review some of the more memorable piece I’ve written.
In February 2009, on behalf of all the broke-asses and tightwads in Shanghai, I binged on the city’s cheapest beers at various convenience stores for a piece called [Refrigerator Heaven](http://www.cityweekend.com.cn/shanghai/articles/blogs-shanghai/shanghai-the-beat-new/refrigerator-heaven-road-rockets-ease-the-partying-pain/). While I’m partial to [REEB](http://www.cityweekend.com.cn/shanghai/articles/blogs-shanghai/shanghai-the-beat-new/lush-for-life-lets-get-shtty/), the beer with the highest coin-to-alcohol quotient was the Tsingtao Draught Tallboy, and with that story I helped you all drink a little bit more, for a little bit less.
Then, in September of ’09, I trekked up to Baoshan to cover the much-maligned [Pepsi Battle of the Bands](http://www.cityweekend.com.cn/shanghai/articles/blogs-shanghai/shanghai-the-beat-new/another-look-at-that-pepsi-battle-of-the-bands/). Although the quality of music coming out of the studio was quite poor, the level of hospitality in the green room was superb. Additionally, putting rock bands on mainstream television in China was a groundbreaking achievement, so let’s just hope next season features some more talented artists.
Just a few months ago, I took a minute to rip the [Expo](http://www.cityweekend.com.cn/shanghai/articles/blogs-shanghai/shanghai-the-beat-new/slim-pickens-expo-2010-fails-to-bring-the-noise/), blasting the legion of weak-ass bands the pavilions were hosting. Who knows if [The Beat](http://www.cityweekend.com.cn/shanghai/articles/blogs-shanghai/shanghai-the-beat-new/) had any direct impact on the bookers there, but in the months that followed, Shanghai was treated to some great shows from artists around the world, including [Café Tacuba](http://www.cityweekend.com.cn/shanghai/articles/blogs-shanghai/shanghai-the-beat-new/cafe-tacuba-tonight-and-tomorrow-at-exposition-square/), [Jahcoozi](http://www.cityweekend.com.cn/shanghai/articles/blogs-shanghai/shanghai-the-beat-new/the-germans-are-coming-berlin-artists-invade-shanghai-expo/) and Super Junior.
Then, a few weeks later, I spoke with musicians in the local scene about some of the [Chinese songs they wished they wrote](http://www.cityweekend.com.cn/shanghai/articles/blogs-shanghai/shanghai-the-beat-new/ghostriders-local-musicians-on-songs-they-wish-they-penned/). Perhaps this wasn’t the sexiest column of the bunch but, given The Beat’s strong concentration on local rock, it’s always nice to hear from the artists themselves and help spread the word about independent Chinese music.
But, perhaps most memorably, casting my gaze back to October 2009, I ran around Shanghai, finding the best ways to injure myself for a slightly controversial piece entitled [Wild Side](http://www.cityweekend.com.cn/shanghai/articles/blogs-shanghai/shanghai-the-beat-new/wild-side-death-tripping-in-shanghais-most-extreme-locales/). Perhaps people were shocked by an image of me holding a gun, but the CW comment pages lit up with accusations that I was advocating violence–even homocide–when all I was doing was ripping back a few Tigers and shooting off a few rounds.
While this is just a small highlight reel, the past two years of writing have led me in some interesting directions and into some bizarre situations, so it’s now, while I’m still on top, that I’m calling it quits and signing off .