Evolution of a Snake: The Taylor Swift Podcast

The Snakes

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. @evolutionofasnake on ig and @tswiftpodcast on Twitter. PATREON: Patreon.com/swiftologist

  • 2 hours 8 minutes
    2018

    Welcome back to the yearly format. 2018 was an awkward, in-between kind of phase for Taylor Swift and her fandom. It was uncharacteristically quiet for a year of an album cycle: there were some months where she wasn’t pictured at all, and her actual public appearances beyond the Reputation Stadium Tour were few and far between. Nevertheless, we found a lot to say about it. But of course, The Snakes cover the record-breaking tour, the setlist, guest appearances, and outfits. There are a few moments of hilarity: Katy Perry’s literal olive branch, the announcement of Taylor’s starring role as Bombalurina in Cats, and her first foray into activism. It was the year of TaydemoCAT. We end this transitional period with a stormy horizon: a new record deal with Republic and Universal. Enjoy! Subscribe to our Patreon for weekly episodes: https://www.patreon.com/swiftologist

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    3 June 2024, 10:36 am
  • 43 minutes 43 seconds
    Unpacking Taylor Swift's Creative Process

    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.

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    20 May 2024, 10:00 am
  • 1 hour 11 minutes
    Erastourology (Tortured Poets Version)

    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

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    13 May 2024, 10:00 am
  • 1 hour 29 minutes
    Torturedpoetology (Part 2)

    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!

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    27 April 2024, 1:18 pm
  • 2 hours 13 minutes
    Torturedpoetology (Part 1)

    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.


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    21 April 2024, 2:10 pm
  • 1 hour 25 minutes
    The Tortured Playlist Delusions

    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.

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    6 April 2024, 10:00 am
  • 51 minutes 43 seconds
    ☎️ Phone a Snake: Tortured Poets Visuals, Lover as Daylight, & Taylor’s Rest Habits

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    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! 

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    25 March 2024, 12:58 am
  • 1 hour 12 minutes
    Tayloverload at The Eras Tour

    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!


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    11 March 2024, 12:00 am
  • 1 hour 25 minutes
    The Tortured Grammy's Department

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    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.

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    7 February 2024, 1:00 pm
  • 2 hours 24 minutes
    2017: Part 2

    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!

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    2 February 2024, 12:00 pm
  • 1 hour 40 minutes
    Fact-checking The Taylor Swift Origin Story

    Welcome back to another episode of boots-on-the-ground journalism. The bone collector returns to serve a delicious meal: what, exactly, is the Taylor Swift origin story? We know the official narrative: plucky girl meets guitar, moves to Nashville, gets discovered at the Blue Bird Cafe and the rest is history. Was there more to it than that? If the recently resurfaced emails from Scott Swift's 2005 legal dispute with Taylor's former manager are to be taken seriously, then yes. We take an analytical lens to the essential role Taylor's hapless and bumbling, aw-shucks parents played in her rise to stardom & reevaluate her creative partnership with Scott Borchetta along the way too. Don't forget to join our Patreon for an exclusive discussion on the rise and fall of Gaylor! https://www.patreon.com/swiftologist

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    12 January 2024, 12:00 pm
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