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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Lavender Hazed & Slayed
We did it, Joe. We finally made our Patreon. In today's episode, Zack & Madeline approach a breadth of topics: the Lavender Haze music video, Taylor's filmmaking ambitions, the impending eras tour, and the launch of our paywalled content which brings the Evolution of a Snake into your earbuds twice a month on top of the regularly scheduled programming. Whether you want cutting room floor content, an episode made just for you, or a video companion to everything you hear from here on out – we've got it for you on patreon.com/swiftologist.
Midnights in Hindsight: Is It A Classic?
The Snakes are back with hotter takes than ever. In this episode, Madeline and Zack revisit Taylor Swift's 10th Studio Album. There's a state-of-the-union vibe check on the fandom & an honest, frank, but loving discussion on the positives and negatives of the songwriting, promotion, and release of Midnights. On the agenda: Jack Antonoff's undeniable footprint, future singles, a chat about the visuals, and speculation about where she's headed next sonically & professionally.
2016: Part 1
It's finally here. The most dreaded and requested episode in four years. It's time for chaos, karma, vengeance, and the #TaylorSwiftIsOverParty. This first episode takes us from the beginning of the year to Bleachella and the Met Gala. The breakdown of Tayvin is unearthed with some shocking new revelations (and a heavy dose of informed speculation...) alongside an excavation of some very, extremely iconic candids. The release of Famous causes a stir and officially reignites the dormant feud between Kanye and Taylor. The 1989 era is on its way out, but not before some ridiculousness at the 2016 Grammy Awards where Taylor wins Album of the Year and spends her speech settling scores. From there, it's complete and utter chaos. Buckle in!
Here we are again, Swifties. With another deep-dive, first impressions & review of the fabled TS10: Midnights. In this episode, the album is batted around like a brand-new tennis ball. Some topics on the agenda: Taylor's shifting POV as a protagonist and a narrator, the breadth and depth of sonic experimentation on this record, Lana Del Rey's criminal excision, Jack Antonoff's heavy touch, the general concept of Tayvoodoo and the imperative fact that Karma is Taylor Swift's boyfriend. All that on more on this mammoth episode.
Midnights (Taylor's Mysterious Version)
Welcome back, swifties. Zack and Madeline interrupt the regularly scheduled programming to go over a few key current affairs. TS10, heard of it? By now you certainly have. Midnights is on the horizon and we are, frankly, in a state of panic. It's a global emergency. In this episode, The Snakes dive into the 2022 VMA's. The fashions, tea, and symbolicalness of it all. Predictions are made. Revelations are shared. They answer your questions.
2015: Part 3
In the final part of 2015, there’s plenty to discuss. Hot off the VMAs, Taylor releases the Wildest Dreams music video and receives some backlash while turning out looks. Turns out the back half of this year was kind of cursed. The 1989 Ryan Adams version comes out to absolutely no one’s enjoyment. Todrick Hall (noted villain) enters the canon. Then, there is a lengthy discussion of what is potentially Taylor’s most revealing magazine profile: her GQ interview and cover shoot. We dive deep into the Katy Perry nonsense & take a moment to analyze how this moment altered the trajectory of her career forever. The year concludes with the bittersweet end of the 1989 tour, Out of the Woods music video, and a particularly heinous article by public intellectual Camille Paglia.
FOR THE GIRLS AND GAYS!!
Currently 16 years old and have been a fan of Taylor since early 2016 and a Swiftie since reputation! Since I am in the younger demographic and not a new fan but not a old fan, I really enjoy hearing that not everything Taylor does is amazing and a slay! You guys truly critically analyze her career and music. Y’all are literally a give from God to humble these TikTok Swifties. Love this podcast and PLEASE keep up your amazing work!! 💖💖
These queens are doing God’s work.
Buy them a mf coffee. That is all.
I love this podcast and am so happy it came into my life! I love Zach and Madeleine’s dynamic. I laugh frequently listening, plus it’s like a long chat with two friends about a topic we all love. 😊 I appreciate their fair critiques of Taylor. They bring up some valid points that I didn’t necessarily think of before. And the point is that you can be critical while ultimately still loving this light of a human being and her creative work. I didn’t know a BUNCH of information they have mined and shared here, so it’s very informative and I love going back in time with all this stuff. I can’t wait to keep listening whenever new episodes come out! (This is no pressure, btw, just love for the pod!) I appreciate all of your hard work! Thank you! 🤗❤️