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A podcast detailing the life and times of the world's most famous reptile: Taylor Swift. Hosted by two longtime fans that are unafraid to mock and critique, The Evolution of a Snake takes an analytical lens to the twists and turns of the most eventful pop legacy in recent memory. Diving into the minutiae of each era, the podcast unveils and pays homage to the evolution of a musically proficient cobra.
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folklorology

folklorology

2020-08-3102:02:53

The Snakes are back post-hiatus with a surprise episode: a deep dive into folklore. In a year of surprises, The Evolution of a snake is taking a turn with the content and discussing 'current' events as well. After the shock of the surprise drop eased, Zack and Madeline jump into the album to discuss the production, writing, visuals, and promo of folklore. Track by track. Comparisons are drawn to the Lover era and...well... they're not flattering. The betty discourse is mentioned, the trilogy of songs is dismissed, Haylor continues to thrive, tour plans are discussed, Connor Kennedy is still on our minds in 2020, and a new chapter of Taylor Swiftology is unleashed on the masses. Send your feedback on this episode to @tswiftpodcast on twitter. @hoaxlakes and @tsfolklore for the hosts.  --- Send in a voice message: https://podcasters.spotify.com/pod/show/the-evolution-of-a-snake/message
2012: Part 2

2012: Part 2

2020-03-2901:47:04

It's been a while....there's a pandemic but we're still thinking about the end of 2012. That's how monumental it was. We discuss the tumultuous highs and lows of one of the most prolific album cycles that Taylor Swift has barged through. We discuss the release strategy for Red, review all of the singles, and dive into a track-by-track review of what is widely thought of as her most experimental album. There's a lot of drama, too. Old flames flicker with John Mayer, Joe Jonas, and Taylor Lautner. We get a fresh and impending heartache in Harry Styles, and discuss one of Taylor's first intense public backlashes. We talk music videos, property purchases through shell companies, rocky live performances, and the sheer artistry behind some of the best writing in her career. Some of the juiciest easter eggs hatch in this short span of time. We rehash the fandom discourse of Taylor Swift becoming a pop artist, and revisit some foundational image changes, as well as the 'good girl' pathology that endured until very recently. Follow us on twitter for more updates, and let us know your thoughts @tswiftpodcast.  --- Send in a voice message: https://podcasters.spotify.com/pod/show/the-evolution-of-a-snake/message
2012: Part 1

2012: Part 1

2019-12-1901:04:15

After a long hiatus (that included an ENGAGEMENT!!) Madeline and Zack are back to discuss the game changing year of 2012. First off - we plug our Patreon! We need your support to continue creating high quality content. Taylor slowly but surely drops prehistoric easter eggs that she'll be releasing an album. The bangs that were cut at the end of 2011, seem to give her some power.....the power to become obsessed with the Kennedy's. Her hyper-fixation tendencies really jumped out this year. On today's agenda:  her whirlwind romance with Conor Kennedy, her almost role in Les Miserables and acting chops in general, the Grammy serve of the century, a brief interlude with Zac Efron, some nasty words from the internet's garbage can John Mayer, and the show stopping Red live chat. Oh.....and a sweet ditty called We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together. Heard of it? We also discuss our upcoming plans to release two episodes a month, and to diversify our content. https://www.patreon.com/theevolutionofasnake --- Send in a voice message: https://podcasters.spotify.com/pod/show/the-evolution-of-a-snake/message
2011: Part 2

2011: Part 2

2019-09-0601:07:25

Zack and Madeline deep dive into the second half of 2011 - which upon reflection, is a year of immense growth, evolution, and development. The Speak Now Tour continues and the arm lyrics and interviews that she gives on tour reveal a surprising amount of information if you know where to connect the dots. The earliest and purest form of the Easter Eggs reveal themselves as arm lyrics. Connecting the dots she draws leads us to the conclusion that perhaps her and Joe Jonas tried it again, or at least reconciled in this year. Taylor Lautner makes several unnecessary appearances and Miss Swift's bizarre obsession with the Kennedy's begins.  We take a look at a few in depth profiles that are more revealing than they appear, and discuss Taylor's complicity in a goody-two-shoes imagery.  T-Party is discussed publicly as a concept, and we analyze how that has changed - for worse - in recent years. Two final and superior singles with lacklustre videos wrap up the Speak Now era - Sparks Fly and Ours. Wonderstruck is dropped and we have to stan. Taylor gets her most iconic cat Meredith, and shockingly - in an earth shattering moment, cuts her hair and drops Safe and Sound in the same month. She turns 22 and never aged again.  --- Send in a voice message: https://podcasters.spotify.com/pod/show/the-evolution-of-a-snake/message
2011: Part 1

2011: Part 1

2019-07-2201:03:26

Zack and Madeline address an issue of housekeeping first and foremost. LEAVE US ALONE! Moving on, we discuss Taylor's incessant need to be everywhere during 2011 - and her slight obsession with the many boys of the hit television show Glee. There are some odd moments in the beginning of the year: Taylor performs on the high seas and attends the Montblan cocktail party with the one and only Emma Stone. We discuss some confusing single choices of songs that are pushed to radio concurrently, and we reiterate the fact that we are charting higher than Bob Lesfetz. We talk her Vanity Fair party serve of an appearance, that one famous gif that reigns supreme, and the gold cavalli dress that shook us all. We also discuss the Speak Now Tour in its entirety. We get into Madeline vs Swiftsecrets and the ridiculous quotes that stormed our dashboards way back in 2011. Please dear listeners, promise us, that you will never forget the essence of your spark.  --- Send in a voice message: https://podcasters.spotify.com/pod/show/the-evolution-of-a-snake/message
2010: Part 2

2010: Part 2

2019-07-0201:12:40

Madeine and Zack pick up where they left off in 2010: Part 1 with the Mine video. It drops and we are completely and utterly shaken by the talent, the emotion, the power. Toby Hemingway is discussed as the elusive enigma that he is, and Taylor embarrassingly performs Innocent at the VMAs. We get four pre-releases from Speak Now that mislead us towards the greatness that is impending, and Taylor attends a taping of SNL where she meets someone who will change her life forever. Speak Now is released to critical and commercial acclaim, and we go through each song like the true Taylor Swift Sluts that we are. If This Was A Movie finally gets her chance to shine. John Mayer is very embarrassed. We get some incredible performances from the Thanksgiving special and Taylor spends the holiday with a family she grows close to. She is spotted arm in arm with a gentleman drinking maple lattes. Surely that is of some significance to you, Swifties. Back to December is made a single and we get some mixed performances. The year ends excruciatingly, with a guest mysteriously absent from Taylor’s 21st birthday bash. Buckle up y’all.  --- Send in a voice message: https://podcasters.spotify.com/pod/show/the-evolution-of-a-snake/message
2010: Part 1

2010: Part 1

2019-06-1154:361

Zack and Madeline dive into the year that catapulted Taylor from twangy teenager to adult pop star. 2010 was a professionally incredible year for Taylor that was unfortunately full of personal heartbreak . We get into the John Mayer saga, the emergence of Katy Perry & Taylor's friendship, as well as Taylor's longstanding beef with distinct nobody: Bob Lesfetz! Her disastrous acting career continues with Valentine's Day, and Zack and Madeline disagree about the merits of Today Was A Fairytale. The never-ending Fearless tour finally wraps up with a stadium show and Taylor wraps up living with her parents and moves into her now iconic Nashville apartment. We are served a legendary live chat with tea Miss Swift would never give us all at once in 2019. Speak Now is announced, Mine leaks and the experience of a leak scars Taylor for all of eternity. George W. Bush attends the premiere of Mine in Maine.  --- Send in a voice message: https://podcasters.spotify.com/pod/show/the-evolution-of-a-snake/message
2009: Part 2

2009: Part 2

2019-03-1849:57

Zack and Madeline pick up from where they left off in the first part of 2009. The impact of the VMAs shake the world so hard that President Obama chimes in and calls Kanye West a jackass. They discuss the media circus that unfolds as a result, and the classiness and godliness of Beyonce Knowles. A radio interview from this year is unearthed - an uncomfortable encounter Taylor had with a radio host who refused to stop badgering her, we hear the voice of the elusive (and now fired!) publicist Paula.  The Platinum Edition of Fearless comes out, and The Other Side of The Door came in and spanked Madeline. The year ends rockily with Taylor's questionable SNL appearance, a horrific rendition of Forever and Always at the CMAS and a social justice (?) mishap at Katy Perry's birthday party. Yup, you read that right. Tune in to hear the drama.  --- Send in a voice message: https://podcasters.spotify.com/pod/show/the-evolution-of-a-snake/message
2009: Part 1

2009: Part 1

2019-03-0401:14:09

Zack and Madeline deep dive into the jam packed, legendary, very busy year of 2009 - where Taylor continues to conquer the world with Fearless, has her first questionable encounters with Miley Cyrus and Demi Lovato and plugs You’re Not Sorry like it’s her next #1 single. We take a trip down memory lane to her first Rolling Stone profile, the iconic Fearless Tour, her dramatic wins at various award shows, the beginning of Taylor Squared, her continued beef with Joe Jonas, her first (terrible) Grammy performance, her short-lived friendship with Katy Perry and two music videos: You Belong With Me and Fifteen. The beginnings of her acting career are also discussed - Taylor Swift on CSI, anyone?  --- Send in a voice message: https://podcasters.spotify.com/pod/show/the-evolution-of-a-snake/message
2008

2008

2019-02-1901:29:33

Zack and Madeline dissect the year that skyrocketed Taylor Swift from a successful country artist, to a crossover pop star. 2008 was a formative year for TSwizzle creatively and personally - she continued her iconic work with Liz Rose, wrote much of Fearless by herself, and fell in and out of love with the famously intelligent Joe Jonas. This episode deep dives into the creative process behind Fearless and its astonishing commercial success, and follows some of the drama you may not have heard of - Emily Poe getting fired, anyone?  --- Send in a voice message: https://podcasters.spotify.com/pod/show/the-evolution-of-a-snake/message
2006 + 2007

2006 + 2007

2019-02-0601:48:00

Zack and Madeline discuss the beginning of Taylor Swift's career from the years 2006 to 2007. Covering her first music video, award show win, and album release period - the first episode of The Evolution of a Snake delves into some swiftie drama, Taylor Swift's legendary heart tattoo, the injustice done to "I'd Lie", the origins of some of the most legendary memes, a promotional moment for "Cold as You" and a word on Taylor's sketchy country accent. There is a track by track analysis of the debut with some hot takes (A Place in This World is garbage), a sponsorship from Drew Hardwick, a discussion of Taylor's brief interest in headset microphones, and a review of her first three singles and music videos, "Tim McGraw", "Teardrops On My Guitar" and "Our Song."  --- Send in a voice message: https://podcasters.spotify.com/pod/show/the-evolution-of-a-snake/message
Welcome back to Phone a Snake! In this episode, where we take your urgent calls, we explore the significance of track five songs on Taylor's albums and how they evoke strong emotions. Also on the menu: the criticism Taylor receives and her thoughtful responses, touching on the bloat in her recent albums and the need for more concise editing. We also examine the vulnerability in Taylor's songs and the delicate balance between being open and oversharing. Enjoy! Subscribe to our Patreon for the monthly bonus episode of Phone a Snake and sooo many more goodies. https://www.patreon.com/swiftologist --- Send in a voice message: https://podcasters.spotify.com/pod/show/the-evolution-of-a-snake/message
Welcome back to TAYLOR TALK, our monthly segment discussing the latest and greatest news in la nacion de taylor. On the docket today: but of course, the revamp of The Eras Tour. Including all of the glaring omissions (RIP Long Live) and an appreciation of the gorgina TTPD set which has truly gagged us into another dimension. Elsewhere: Taylor Swift's insane first-week chart numbers, the disappearance and sudden reappearance of her catalogue on TikTok, how critics need to understand swifties in order to appraise Tortured Poets correctly, and the surprising restraint of merch this time around. Enjoy! Join the patreon for weekly episodes: https://www.patreon.com/swiftologist --- Send in a voice message: https://podcasters.spotify.com/pod/show/the-evolution-of-a-snake/message
Torturedpoetology (Part 2)

Torturedpoetology (Part 2)

2024-04-2701:29:021

A week later, here we are with our meditations and reflections on The Anthology, the second album or companion piece to the jaw-dropping Tortured Poets Department. In this episode, we dig into Taylor's prolific output: is it necessary to release this much? How much of these releases are 'valuable' output? And we dig into a few motifs and intriguing nuggets of insight that were suspiciously kept off the standard edition of the album. Enjoy! CHECK OUT OUR PATREON FOR WEEKLY EPISODES/UNEDITED REACTION VIDEOS: https://www.patreon.com/swiftologist --- Send in a voice message: https://podcasters.spotify.com/pod/show/the-evolution-of-a-snake/message
Torturedpoetology (Part 1)

Torturedpoetology (Part 1)

2024-04-2102:13:242

We're back with a very important and length episode: unpacking the juicy morsels of The Tortured Poets Department. Taylor Swift's 11th studio album is the culmination of years spent honing her craft. And, it's a significant departure from her previous Grammy award winning record, Midnights. Today, The Snakes unpack first thoughts from this mammoth of a record: interrogating the muses, the futility of trying to 'assign' a muse, and the evolution of Taylor's perspective on love through the years. Check out our Patreon for weekly episodes and unedited reaction videos! https://www.patreon.com/swiftologist --- Send in a voice message: https://podcasters.spotify.com/pod/show/the-evolution-of-a-snake/message
Here’s an emergency episode available to all: Taylor Swift has categorized her prior works into the five stages of grief for an @applemusic playlist exclusive. But of course, The Snakes have a lot to say about it. With some of our own delusions confirmed and many others brought to the forefront, we take a long, hard look (yet again) at the Joever of it all in advance of TTPD in a mere fortnight. WEEKLY CONTENT: https://www.patreon.com/swiftologist GET TICKETS TO EVOLUTION OF A SNAKE LIVE IN LONDON: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/evolution-of-a-snake-the-taylor-swift-podcast-live-tickets-847113588547?aff=oddtdtcreator --- Send in a voice message: https://podcasters.spotify.com/pod/show/the-evolution-of-a-snake/message
GET TICKETS TO EVOLUTION OF A SNAKE LIVE IN LONDON JUNE 20: ⁠https://www.eventbrite.com/e/evolution-of-a-snake-the-taylor-swift-podcast-live-tickets-847113588547⁠ Hello Snakes! We're back with our new FREE monthly episode of Phone a Snake. This is where we answer your burning questions and share our hot takes. In today's episode, we discuss Taylor Swift's secret Pinterest boards while speculating on the Tortured Poets visuals, what she does in her rest time between shows, and if we would like Lover better if it was called Daylight. Spoiler: no!  Join the Patreon for an extra hour of this episode: https://www.patreon.com/swiftologist --- Send in a voice message: https://podcasters.spotify.com/pod/show/the-evolution-of-a-snake/message
The Snakes are back with Taylor Talk and we're here to share with you the ins and outs of Zack's six night residency at The Eras Tour: from the surprise song mashups to a kerfuffle with security. Then, we discuss the recent Disney+ acquisition of The Eras Tour (Taylor's Version), Scott Swift vs the paparazzi, the international Tayvis society, the mini geopolitical crisis caused by Singapore's exclusivity deal brokered by Austin Swift, and what we're expecting in this break between tour and The Tortured Poets Department. Enjoy! GET TICKETS TO OUR LIVE SHOW: https://evolutionofasnake.com/ PATRON PRE-SALE MARCH 15 10 AM GMT GENERAL SALE MARCH 18 10 AM GMT GET WEEKLY EPISODES: https://www.patreon.com/swiftologist --- Send in a voice message: https://podcasters.spotify.com/pod/show/the-evolution-of-a-snake/message
GET WEEKLY EPISODES: https://www.patreon.com/swiftologist Well divas, it's time for another emergency episode. We were planning on simply talking about the Grammy's but God had other a different plan....today's docket is full of lols and questions from the chaotic surprise announcement of Taylor Swift's new album, The Tortured Poets Department. We dissect the track list, discuss how this will impact the eras tour, and make other speculative statements. NEW MERCH: https://www.evolutionofasnake.com --- Send in a voice message: https://podcasters.spotify.com/pod/show/the-evolution-of-a-snake/message
2017: Part 2

2017: Part 2

2024-02-0202:24:581

PATREON FOR WEEKLY EPISODES: https://www.patreon.com/swiftologist Taylor Swift's reputation era is much lauded as one of her most concise, aesthetically thematic, and sonically jarring eras. To no one's surprise, we concur with this estimation. However, much gets lost in hindsight. Though her career recovered fairly quickly, there were numerous hiccups in the roll-out to reputation that were actually....kind of a big deal. Alt-right sympathizer allegations?! Is the ACLU getting involved? It's a lot. We cover it all, from the conclusion of her trial to the iconic Instagram wipe, Look What You Made Me Do music video, and her brand new approach to being a pop star. There will be no further explanation. There will just be reputation! MERCH: https://www.evolutionofasnake.com --- Send in a voice message: https://podcasters.spotify.com/pod/show/the-evolution-of-a-snake/message
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